March 21, 2014
NT 8, UTEP 5 Box Score
NT 8, UTEP 0 Box Score
EL PASO, Texas - Behind the collective arms of seniors Ashley Kirk and Lauren Poole, the Mean Green softball team swept UTEP in the doubleheader and clinched the series with one game left to play.
NT won the first game, 8-5, before run ruling the Miners, 8-0. The wins pushed North Texas to a 7-1 record in the competitive Conference USA.
"Getting two wins today was huge for us," head coach Tracey Kee said. "When you look at our offense and the amount of runs and hits we put up today, you got to be pleased with it. I was extremely pleased in the second game when twice we had two outs with nobody on and twice we scored a run and then we scored two runs."
The first game started with a Brooke Foster lead-off home run, her fourth of the season and second in the last three days.
But senior Jackie Miller stole the show offensively for North Texas. The Georgia native knocked in a career-high four RBI on three hits, one of which was a triple, her fifth of the season.
"It is nice to knock some runners in because I have struggled with that in the past," Miller said in reference to her three-RBI triple. "It just felt awesome."
Kirk pitched six innings in the win and allowed a mere three runs to a UTEP squad that came into the game as the second-highest scoring offense in C-USA. First is North Texas.
Game two was an even smoother contest for North Texas as it run ruled UTEP in six innings.
"Lauren was simply dealing today," coach Kee continued. "She had a great demeanor and was just making her pitches and ripping her spots. It was calming for us to see her perform like that after the first game when there were a lot of runs and some scrambling."
Poole shutdown the Miner attack, allowing three hits and no runs in six innings of work for one of the best performances of her career.
"It really helped a lot that my offense scored right at the beginning and the momentum was always on our side," Poole said. "My screwball was working, and it felt really good to get the shutout."
The North Texas offense was powered once again by Foster, who hit her second bomb of the day in the third inning.
As a unit, the Mean Green was clutch at the plate, scoring six of its eight runs with two outs on the board.
"In our case, we are looking for a sweep now," coach Kee continued. "We wanted to take the series, and we did. But our goal is not done, and we understand the importance of taking care of business every time we suit up."
The Mean Green finishes its lengthy road trip to west Texas with one last game against UTEP on Saturday, March 22, at 1 p.m. CST.