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Mean Green softball swept in FIU doubleheader

Mean Green softball swept in FIU doubleheader

April 27
11:42 2014

Akshay Mirchandani // Staff Writer

The Mean Green softball team was swept in a road doubleheader against Florida International University on Saturday. This extended the Mean Green losing streak to three games.

Game 1

Game one started out close, but FIU (29-19, 11-9) pulled away and the Mean Green (28-18, 12-7) fell 7-1.

“After a highly-disappointing day today with our pitching staff, it is important for us to quickly regroup and get out of here with one win,” head coach Tracey Kee said via Mean Green Sports.

With the game tied at 1-1 going into the bottom of the third, FIU scored six runs including a grand slam that made it 7-1. The bases were loaded for the Mean Green in the sixth inning, but the team didn’t take advantage and never scored another run for the game.

“We didn’t have any command on the pitching side of the game and our hitters didn’t give our pitchers a lot of cushion,” junior infielder Dani Hoff said. “It’s really hard for a pitcher to go out there and throw how they need to throw and be confident in their pitches when they know that if they give up one or two runs we’re behind.”

Senior pitcher Ashley Kirk threw just two innings, walked eight batters and allowed four runs. Senior Lauren Poole replaced her in the third inning and allowed three runs.

Game 2

The Panthers kept up the strong offense and shut out the Mean Green 7-0 in the second game of the doubleheader.

The Mean Green got behind early and trailed 4-0 after the first inning after back-to-back FIU home runs. Junior pitcher Madison Thompson only pitched 1/3 of an inning and allowed four hits and four runs.

FIU scored one run in the second, third and fifth innings to build a 7-0 lead that UNT couldn’t overcome. Freshman pitcher Kenzie Grimes replaced Thompson in the first inning for the rest of the game and gave up three runs and three hits.

The Mean Green offense struggled again in game two and only mustered four hits.

“We’re getting really deep into the season and with the scouting reports on us, people obviously are really trying to figure out what our weaknesses are,” senior infielder Brooke Foster said. “I think they’re doing a really good job on executing where our weaknesses are and we’re having a hard time adjusting to it.”

The Mean Green will take on FIU again tomorrow at 11 a.m. to try and avoid being swept for the series.

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