Feb. 9, 2014
NT 4, Winthrop 1 Box Score
ATHENS, Ga. – The North Texas softball unit (2-3) silenced Winthrop, 4-1, behind a 15-strikeout performance by starting pitcher Ashley Kirk in its final day at the Red and Black Showcase.
“I was proud of the girls today on their approach after that difficult loss last night,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “I felt we had much better energy, focus and production in all facets of the game, defense, pitching and hitting.”
North Texas avenged the loss from the night before to the Eagles behind excellent pitching from Kirk, now 2-1 on the season, and freshman Kenzie Grimes, who registered two strikeouts in her one inning of play.
“The hitters did a wonderful job,” coach Kee continued. “When you have more walks than hits that means the hitters are playing unselfishly.”
The Mean Green walked eight times including four times in the first inning, which turned into North Texas’ first two runs of the game.
It was a lead that NT would not relinquish as Kirk pitched through the sixth inning, earning zero runs.
“We realize we still have lots of work to do as a team, and we will get back to work this week before we put the uniforms on again next weekend,” coach Kee concluded.
North Texas returns to Denton for three straight home tournaments over the next three weekends beginning with the Lovelace Invitational next week. The Mean Green will face Texas State in its first game on Feb. 20 at 5 p.m.