March 22, 2014
Conference USA Stats
NT 11, UTEP 4 Box Score
EL PASO, Texas – The Mean Green softball team swept its series with UTEP behind a second-consecutive complete-game outing by starting lefty pitcher Lauren Poole, who efficiently managed UTEP’s top-ranked offense in a 11-4 victory.
North Texas now sits in second place in the Conference USA standings behind Tulsa with an 8-1 record in league play.
Poole got the starting nod following her whitewash of UTEP on Friday night and only allowed one run through the first four innings en route to her fourth complete game of the season.
“Anytime you can take an entire series on the road, you have to be pleased with that,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “When you score in five out of seven innings, that really allows your pitcher to settle in, and I thought Lauren did an unbelievable job. After facing them yesterday, she came out here today and just went right at them. She trusted her defense, trusted her offense and just made good pitches.”
The Mean Green's offense worked early and often, scoring seven runs in the first three innings. Four of those runs came in a five-walk first inning for North Texas.
Familiar face Brooke Foster hit her fourth home run in the last four days with a solo bomb to the scoreboard in the top of the third inning.
“I’m happy for our kids, and I thought offensively we were excellent,” coach Kee continued. “Taking the walks when they were issued, putting the ball hard into play. It was great job at the plate.”
Starting catcher Bryana Wade also added a solo shot, her first home run since the first weekend of the season.
Senior Jordan Terry knocked in three RBI, two of which came off of a two-run single in the top of the sixth inning.
“Credit to this whole team for stepping up and getting this done because it could have gone the other way,” coach Kee concluded.
The Mean Green returns home from its lengthy west Texas road trip only to head north to Norman, Okla., on Wednesday, March 26, for a 6 p.m. showdown with the Sooners.