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UNT softball splits doubleheader, Kirk’s pitching highlights win

UNT softball splits doubleheader, Kirk’s pitching highlights win

April 06
12:25 2014

Ehsan Azad // Staff Writer

To begin the weekend series, the Mean Green softball team split a doubleheader with Louisiana Tech University Saturday afternoon at Lovelace Stadium in Denton.

Game 1

Senior pitcher Ashley Kirk had one of her more dominant games of the season, not allowing a hit until the seventh inning, in the team’s 3-1 victory to start off the series. Kirk (16-6) pitched the whole game, had 10 strikeouts and allowed only one hit and one run.

“She was in great command,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “That is how we won the game. We didn’t do anything extraordinary offensively. Ashley just threw a gem of a game.”

This marks Kirk’s second game of the season that she didn’t allow a hit until the seventh inning. However, she was happier that the team got the win.

“At this point in my career, I am not so much looking for the no-hitter or the perfect games,” Kirk said. “I just want as a team to collectively put a win in the win column.”

On the offensive end, senior infielder Jackie Miller had two hits and batted in two runs, while junior outfielder Kat Strunk had three hits and one RBI. Strunk believes that in order for the team be more productive on offense, it has to conquer the mental side.

“We really over thought every at-bat,” Strunk said. “We know what we need to fix, but making that happen is what we are struggling with”

Game 2

The second game of the series started out well for the Mean Green (24-14, 9-5) when senior third baseman Jordan Terry hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, but those would be the only runs in the team’s 3-2 loss.

Junior pitcher Madison Thompson allowed four hits and one run in her three innings, she was replaced by senior Lauren Poole. In the top of the fifth inning, errors by the Mean Green allowed two runs, giving the Bulldogs (14-25, 5-9) the 3-2 lead.

“A couple of those errors, we had chances to get an out still,” Strunk said. “We just threw it down the drain.”

The offense was ineffective for the rest of the game, as the team never get on the board again. Similar to Strunk’s comment about the team mentality, Terry said the team is in a funk they all need to shake off.

“We are just not in our groove right now and we have to get into it,” Terry said. “There are no excuses. We just didn’t make the plays we need to make.”

The offense only totaled three hits and allowed three errors for the game.

“At this point, we need a gut check,” Kee said. “I keep telling them how good they are and until they come out here and play every game like it is their last game, they need to figure it out.”

The Mean Green’s chance to win the series will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Lovelace Stadium.

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