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Mean Green softball overcomes weather to get win against Houston

Mean Green softball overcomes weather to get win against Houston

Mean Green softball overcomes weather to get win against Houston
March 03
23:03 2014

Ehsan Azad // Staff Writer

After losing both games in the last home double-header Saturday to end an 11-game win streak, the Mean Green softball team got a 6-1 road win over the University of Houston on Monday night.

“We needed to get on the road, clear our minds and play hard,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “It was a big win for us.”

It took nine hours for the Mean Green (13-5) to get to Houston, and the team had to play right away. The cold weather moving into Houston forced the game to be rescheduled from Tuesday to Monday night.

Senior pitcher Ashley Kirk started the game by allowing a first-inning home run to Houston shortstop Selena Hernandez. That would be the only run of the night for Houston (10-7), as Kirk shut out the Cougars through the rest of the game.

“When she gave up that solo shot, I told her that I rather have her give it up in the first [inning] then in the seventh,” Kee said. “I told her to settle down and keep working her pitches.”

Kirk only allowed four hits and one earned run.  She also struck out nine batters in her complete game and improved her season record to 8-2.

“I can’t take all the credit for that,” Kirk said. “Even though I was out there pitching, my team was back there making the plays and getting outs.”

The offense did its part by scoring six runs, three of which in the second inning.  Senior leftfielder Jackie Miller scored a run and also brought a run in.

“We wanted to turn around from Saturday,” Miller said.  “We wanted to get back to playing North Texas softball.”

Senior shortstop Brooke Foster also scored a run and had two RBI. Kee said the team did a good job taking advantage of the scoring opportunities.

“When playing a quality team like Houston, you have to score on every opportunity you are given,” Kee said. “Credit to our kids for bouncing back after a tough weekend.”

This matchup was scheduled for a double-header, but the second game was postponed due to the weather. The Mean Green will now travel to Murfreesboro, Tenn., to play Middle Tennessee State University at 1 p.m. on March 8.

Feature photo: Sophomore utility player Karly Williams crushes the ball during a home game against Texas State at Lovelace Stadium on Feb. 20. Photo by Edward Balusek / Staff Photographer 

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