Terry Hits Grand Slam In Mean Green Victory
Jordan Terry hit her first career grand slam to lift the North Texas softball team to an 8-1 win against Western Kentucky on Saturday afternoon at the WKU Softball Complex.
Bowling Green, Ky. (3/23/13) - Jordan Terry hit her first career grand slam to lift the North Texas softball team to an 8-1 win against Western Kentucky on Saturday afternoon at the WKU Softball Complex. The Mean Green left the bases loaded in the seventh inning as WKU won the nightcap, 4-3.
North Texas is now 16-13 and 4-3 in the conference, while WKU stands at 17-10 and 6-2 in the Sun Belt.
The Mean Green used three home runs to take the first game, 8-1. Despite outhitting the Lady Toppers, 10-5, North Texas could not string together the hits in the nightcap and came up short.
Ahead 3-1 in the opening game, North Texas exploded for five runs in the top of the seventh inning. Two walks and a single loaded the bases for Terry who fouled off seven straight pitches before hitting a grand slam that bounced off the flag pole in left field.
Lesley Hirsch sealed the inning with a solo home run to centerfield. It was her first career home run. The senior went 6-for-8 in the doubleheader.
Terry also hit a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning after striking out in her first two at-bats. The third baseman went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and five RBI. The five RBI ties a school record. It was Terry's first career grand slam and first 2-homer game.
Ashley Kirk (7-4) picked up the win for the Mean Green. She pitched 4.1 innings and allowed one run off four hits. Lauren Poole relieved Kirk in the fifth inning and held the Lady Toppers hitless the rest of the way. Poole earned her second save of the season.
Paige Kisling knocked in the first run of the game with a single up the middle in the third inning. Brooke Foster raced home from second to give North Texas a 1-0 lead. Foster reached base with a single to right field and then stole second. North Texas added a second run in the fourth inning with a double steal.
WKU scored its only run of the game with an RBI single by Preslie Cruce in the fifth. Cruce went 3-for-4 in the game with two doubles and one RBI.
Brittany Simmons (5-4) picked up the loss in the nightcap. She gave up four runs off four hits in 3.1 innings of work. She gave up a two-run homer in the second inning and was relieved by Kirk in the fourth.
Down 4-2, in the bottom of the seventh, North Texas rallied and knocked in one run off a Dani Hoff single. A single by Hirsch loaded the bases with one out, but Emily Rousseau ended the Mean Green threat with a strikeout and a flyout.
North Texas outhit the Lady Toppers in the nightcap, 10-5, but left 10 runners stranded on base.
The Mean Green returns to action on Sunday, March 24 when it faces WKU at 12 p.m.