March 12, 2014
NT 4, Oklahoma St. 3 Box Score
DENTON, Texas - The Mean Green came back from a two-run deficit to top regional foe Oklahoma State, 4-3, in walk-off fashion when senior Jordan Terry advanced home on an overthrown ball at first base.
North Texas, which had dropped two tough ones earlier in the week to Texas, got the win in its third bout with a Big XII opponent in two days, and senior starting pitcher Ashley Kirk recorded her 50th-career win in her eight complete-game performance of the season.
"After not being able to put a Texas game in the win column, this was an important game for us to come out and compete in," coach Kee said. "Obviously we have things to fix, but I was extremely pleased with Ashley Kirk and how she battled back after last night. She came out today, kept the ball in the ball park and put our team in a position to win."
After falling behind in the top of the second inning by two, sophomore Taylor Schoblocher doubled down the left field line to score junior Dani Hoff. With Schoblocher still at second, junior Kat Strunk stepped up to the plate and smashed a two-run home run over the left field wall to put NT ahead of the Cowgirls, 3-2.
"It felt great," Strunk said. "That one felt really good right off the bat. I adjusted my stance in the box like coach Kee and coach Robinson had been telling us yesterday, and it helped a lot."
The game did not end there as Oklahoma State rallied back in the top of the sixth, scoring from third base on a wild pitch that got past catcher Bryana Wade and tying the ball game at three runs apiece.
But the Mean Green rose to the occasion in the bottom of the seventh inning when Terry singled and then reached second base on a fielder's choice. This allowed Strunk to once again play the hero on a chopper to third base that the fielder overthrew to first, allowing Terry to advance home from second and clinch the Mean Green victory.
"This puts another win in our column so that's a good thing," Strunk said. "Getting to play against these big teams gets us noticed by others and puts our name out there. It is also really good for our development to face pitchers of Freeman's caliber and know we can pull out the win."
The Mean Green snapped a four-game home losing streak and pushed its record to 17-7 (3-0 C-USA) on the year.
Hoff tied her career high with three hits and Kirk struck out six batters in the win.
"Anytime you can put a win in the win column, whether it is Big 12, SEC or Sun Belt, you'll take it," coach Kee concluded.
The Mean Green plays its first Conference USA home games when it hosts the Roadrunners of UTSA for a three-game series beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 15, at 1 p.m.
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