March 16, 2014
NT 10, UTSA 7 Box Score
DENTON, Texas – Mean Green softball claimed its series with UTSA after a 10-7 win in a weather-delayed rubber match that saw North Texas register 10 hits including a two-run home run by senior Jordan Terry in the bottom of the sixth to seal the win.
North Texas pushed its Conference USA record to 5-1 with the series-clinching victory and 19-8 overall following a split with UTSA on Saturday.
“I think this was a key victory for us today,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “That was a tough game all the way around with the elements, and I thought our kids did a nice job of battling.”
Led by a Brooke Foster lead-off home run, the Mean Green poured five first-inning runs on the Roadrunners.
Despite the quick start, UTSA fought back from down six in the top of the third and fourth, scoring six runs to climb back into the game.
But with a slim one-run lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, Terry provided the Mean Green with the breathing room it needed when she blasted a two-run home run following a Dani Hoff double to push the North Texas lead back to three. UTSA would threaten but not complete the comeback in the seventh frame.
“I had a 3-1 count, and I was looking for one spot,” Terry said. “She put it right down the middle so I just hit and it felt good.”
Freshman Kenzie Grimes, who entered the game in the top of the fifth inning in relief of senior Ashley Kirk, recorded the final nine outs for North Texas and notched her second save of the season.
Another freshman, Shelbie Smith, who started the game at catcher, knocked home a career-high three RBI including a two-RBI single to center field in the first inning.
Junior Kat Strunk capped off her strong weekend with a two-hit performance and a pair of walks, while Hoff unloaded two doubles to push her active hitting streak to 12-straight games.
“I think we did well and didn’t let up on offense,” Terry concluded. “If we don’t let up on offense and if our pitching stays in tune, we are good to go.”
North Texas faces another Big XII opponent in Texas Tech on the road on Wednesday, March 19, in a doubleheader that begins at 6 p.m.
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