Foster's Heroics Guide NT To First-Day Sweep Of Middle Tennessee
#MGSB Launched The C-USA Era With Its Mashing Of Middle
March 8, 2014
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – North Texas softball opened up the C-USA era with a first-day sweep of Middle Tennessee, beating the Blue Raiders 5-1 and 8-1 behind the offensive exploits of senior Brooke Foster.
The Mean Green extended its current win streak to three and its record to 15-5 on the season.
"I’m very pleased with today, I think that anytime you can go on the road in Conference USA and win the series on the first day, that is a positive,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “Credit our kids for coming out and swinging the bats, that was the big difference today. When you put 24 hits on the board and only give up two runs in two game, you will win a lot of games.”
In the first game of the doubleheader, NT was tied up with Middle through the first five frames until Foster hit a three-run home run to center field.
The homer opened up the game for North Texas and gave senior Ashley Kirk, who pitched a complete game and struck out seven, the run support she needed to seal her ninth victory of the season.
“I felt like I was seeing the ball well, and I had been in a bit of a slump over the past few weekends,” Foster said. “I felt good when I was hitting so it gave me a lot of confidence, it felt good.”
The second game of the evening went in a completely different direction than the first as the Mean Green bats heated up early and often, scoring six runs in the first four innings and never looking back.
Foster continued her offensive onslaught in the second inning with a two-run double and finished up the day with a total of six hits in 10 at bats.
Senior southpaw Lauren Poole put together one of her best outings of the season as she went the distance, striking out two and only giving up one earned run.
“I went out there really confidently because I wanted to do so well,” Poole said. “Once my team scored those six runs in those first couple of innings, I felt like I had a lot of room to work and breathe.”
North Texas finishes up the series on Sunday, March 8, at noon before heading back to Denton to host Texas and Oklahoma State later in the week.