Softball Goes 1-1 On Day One Of Texas Classic

Box score vs. Texas

Austin, Texas (2/8/13) - The North Texas softball team won its season opener against Memphis, 6-2, on Friday afternoon at Red & Charline McCombs Field. The Mean Green lost the nightcap, 9-1, against No. 7 Texas in the Texas Classic.

The Mean Green's record stands at 1-1. North Texas is now 7-3 in season-opening games, 2-1 in the series against Memphis and 1-9 against the Longhorns.

Junior Ashley Kirk picked up her first win of the season in the circle for the Mean Green. She pitched a one-hit shutout through six innings of play in the opening game against Memphis. She gave up two runs off three hits in the seventh inning. The right-hander pitched four perfect innings before giving up a hit in the fifth. She struck out six and walked three.

Brittany Simmons (0-1) received the loss against the Longhorns. She gave up six unearned runs in the second inning after Texas led off the inning by reaching base on a Mean Green fielding error. Outside of the second inning, Simmons gave up two runs off six hits. The senior pitched 4.1 innings and gave up eight runs off 11 hits.

The Longhorns scored all six runs with two outs on the scoreboard in the second. North Texas gave up three singles, an in-the-park homer, a double and two walks in the inning. Texas outhit the Mean Green, 13-3, in the game.

For the Longhorns, Holly Kern gave up one earned run off three hits in her first career start. She struck out six Mean Green batters.

After going 0-for-3 in the first game, Taylor Schoblocher posted two hits against Texas. She recorded a single in the second inning and then posted an RBI double in the fourth. The freshman knocked home NT's only run of the ballgame with a shot to right centerfield, scoring Dani Hoff from second.

Against Memphis, the Mean Green bats started clicking in the third inning with two runs, and then added runs in the fifth and sixth innings to seal the win. North Texas outhit the Tigers, 9-4.

North Texas started four freshmen in the opening game, and the newcomers recorded four of the team's nine hits against Memphis. Paige Kisling led the way with two hits and two RBI. Senior Lesley Hirsch was the other player with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

North Texas took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third off three hits. With two outs, Hirsch reached base with a bouncy infield single to the shortstop. After Hirsch stole second, freshman Kisling brought her home with an infield single to the second baseman that scooted away from the fielder.

Brooke Foster followed Kisling with a towering double to right field that bounced off the wall. Kisling scored from first to put NT ahead, 2-0.

The Mean Green loaded the bases in the fifth inning and brought home another run with a Dani Hoff sacrifice fly. Karly Williams led off the inning with a single to the third baseman. Hirsch drew a walk, and Kisling reached base on a fielding error to load the bases.

North Texas added three runs in the sixth. Jordan Terry started the action with a walk. She later scored from third off a groundout by Williams. Kisling plated a second RBI with an infield single, and Hirsch scored from third, while Kisling was caught in a rundown.

Four freshmen made their first starts against Memphis and Texas: Paige Kisling at centerfield, Taylor Schoblocher at left field, Bryana Wade at catcher and Karly Williams at second base. Madison Tierney subbed in at left field in both games.

North Texas returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 9 when it faces Texas A&M Corpus Christi at 10 a.m.



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