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Mean Green softball suffers weekend sweep against UAB

Mean Green softball suffers weekend sweep against UAB

March 31
11:34 2014

Ehsan Azad // Staff Writer

The Mean Green softball team dropped three games over the weekend and were swept for the first time by a Conference USA opponent as the team lost the final game to the University of Alabama at Birmingham 2-1 on Sunday in Denton.

UNT’s hitting continued to be the weakness of the weekend, as the Mean Green (22-13, 8-4) only scored three total runs in three games compared to UAB’s (20-14, 8-4) 16 runs.

“I didn’t think we had a very good week of practice and it carried over to this weekend,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “We need quality practices in order to play well.”

Senior pitcher Ashley Kirk, who gave up seven runs on Saturday, held the UAB offense through three scoreless innings, but UAB shortstop Caitlin Attfield hit a homerun in the fourth to get the Blazers on the board first.

“She hit a good pitch,” Kirk said. “There’s a reason why she has the highest batting average on the team.”

The Mean Green offense responded when senior third baseman Jordan Terry hit a home run straight across mid field, tying up the game in the bottom of the fourth. The ball seemed as though it was about to get caught by the Blazers in the outfield, but it narrowly passed over the wall.

“I honestly I didn’t think it was going to go over,” Terry said. “Once it was over, it was such a relief.”

After UAB scored another run in the top of the fifth inning to give them a 2-1 lead, the Mean Green tried to respond in the bottom of the seventh inning. With runners on first and second, freshman pinch hitter Kenzie Grimes struck out, sealing the win for the Blazers.

“We need to get on pitches we can hit and not watch pitches we can hit,” Terry said. “We need to play flawlessly, and it will get us places.”

In addition to Terry, sophomore right fielder Spencer Ferrell had two hits on three at-bats. Kirk (14-6) pitched all seven innings and allowed four hits and two runs.

Despite the sweep, Kee wasn’t very disappointed in the loss and credited her defense for stepping up from a six-error performance on Saturday. Kee said that credit needs to be given to the UAB pitchers for their performance.

“We ran into a buzz saw and that was UAB’s pitching staff,” Kee said. “They [Mean Green offense] have been carrying us all season, so for them to come out here and be shut down by a quality pitching staff, that is OK.”

The Mean Green will now prepare for Stephen F. Austin State University at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Lovelace Stadium.

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