March 9, 2014
NT 11, MT 5 Box Score
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - North Texas softball completed its series sweep of Middle Tennessee with an 11-5 win over the Blue Raiders that gave head coach Tracey Kee her 700th career win.
"I am fortunate enough to be in a career that I am extremely passionate about so every win is important," coach Kee said. "It is just a credit to kids that have played for me and the people I have coached with. I honestly wasn't thinking about it, I am more concerned about us being 3-0 in conference than I am about punching win No. 700."
North Texas improved its record to 16-5 and 3-0 in Conference USA play. The Mean Green has also won nine straight games against Middle Tennessee.
"For us to come here and sweep them on their own field in our first Conference USA series, that is huge," coach Kee said. "I have had a lot of teams that will get two and let one slip away and this team was not going to let that happen. That is a credit to our kids and their hard work and their competitiveness."
Sophomore Taylor Schoblocher drew first blood with her second home run of the weekend in the top of the second inning before senior Jackie Miller blasted the first of her two triples on the day to score junior Kat Strunk from first base, which increased the lead to 2-0.
"I am just glad everyone's bats are hot right now, it gives us an excitement and when we are having fun, we play our best," Schoblocher said. "Everyone is playing well right now."
Miller continued her offensive onslaught with an RBI single and another RBI triple in the contest for a total of three RBI, which tied her career high.
"It felt good because this is conference so this stuff really matters," Miller said. "It was great because we got the win."
North Texas poured on five more runs in the third inning, and the Blue Raiders were unable to retaliate against an assortment of Mean Green pitchers including senior Ashley Kirk, junior Madison Thompson and freshman Kenzie Grimes.
Kirk notched her second win of the weekend and 10th on the season in four innings of work and five strikeouts. The win was the 48th of her career, which tied her for the most in Mean Green history with Kristina Fowler (2005-08).
"Anytime you can have a team on the ropes and finish them off, that is a positive thing," coach Kee concluded.
North Texas gets a day off before it hosts the Texas Longhorns for a doubleheader on Tuesday, March 11, at 4/6 p.m. at Lovelace Stadium in Denton, Texas.
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