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Mean Green softball’s win streak extends to eight after double-header

Mean Green softball’s win streak extends to eight after double-header

Mean Green softball’s win streak extends to eight after double-header
February 21
10:19 2014

Akshay Mirchandani // Staff Writer

The Mean Green softball team extended its best start in program history by sweeping the first day of the Texas Shootout, beating the Texas State University Bobcats and the Abilene Christian University Wildcats at Lovelace Stadium in Denton. UNT has now won eight straight games—a program best.

Texas State

All the Mean Green (9-3) needed was one run in the first inning to down the Texas State Bobcats (8-4) 1-0. The game became a pitcher’s duel between senior pitcher Ashley Kirk and Texas State’s junior Rayn House. Kirk came out on top, throwing a one-hit complete game shutout.

“I think when you look at that game when we scored that first run, I really didn’t think I was going to hold up simply because Texas State is such a good hitting team,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “Ashley settled in and had some key strikeouts.”

Junior infielder Dani Hoff brought home sophomore right fielder Spencer Ferrell in the first inning for the lone run of the game. The Mean Green struggled on offense for the rest of the game and left three on base, but the pitching of Kirk helped the Mean Green protect their small lead.

“I pitch like we’re up 5-0,” Kirk said. “I look at the scoreboard, but I don’t see the score. I always think that we’re up 5-0 and I know no matter what, our defense and offense are going to keep us in the game.”

Abilene Christian

The Mean Green offense woke up in the second game of the double-header as the team beat Abilene Christian (2-6) 12-8.

UNT had four stolen bases and four runs in the first inning alone to blow the game open early.

“I think only scoring one run against Texas State kind of put a fire underneath us,” Hoff said. “I think it was important to us that we came out with a lot of run support for Lauren [Poole], so I think that’s the main reason we came out pretty hot.”

UNT led 12-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but then ACU scored three runs to extend the game to a seventh inning. However, the Wildcats only scored three more runs in the seventh to conclude the game.

“I thought we made a bad decision in the outfield grass late in the game which cost us three runs. We’re smarter than that, we’re better than that and we have to go out and execute it tomorrow,” Kee said.

The Texas Shootout will continue Feb. 21 as the Mean Green will take on Prairie View A&M University at 5 p.m. at Lovelace Stadium.

Feature photo: Junior infielder Dani Hoff slides safely into second base after hitting the ball toward left field. Hoff had two hits in three at bats and the team’s only RBI against Texas State University on Thursday night at Lovelace Stadium. Photo by Edward Balusek / Staff Photographer 

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