April 5, 2014
NT 3, La Tech 1 Box Score
NT 2, La Tech 3 Box Score
DENTON, Texas - Senior pitcher Ashley Kirk stepped up again for the Mean Green in game one, but three errors prevented North Texas from taking both games of the doubleheader.
For the second time this season, Kirk had a no-hitter broken up in the bottom of the seventh inning. This time the lone hit was a leadoff double by Pauline Tufi.
"We got the win," Kirk said. "At this point I'm not looking at no-hitters, perfect games or anything like that. I'm just looking for us to get the wins, put one more in the win column and move on."
North Texas' Jackie Miller got the scoring started in the second inning of game one with a single to drive in sophomore Taylor Schoblocher. The Mean Green (24-14, 9-5) added to the lead with runs in the fifth and sixth to make it 3-0.
La Tech's Tori Charters, who pinch ran for Tufi in the bottom of the seventh, came around to score the Lady Techsters' lone run of the game.
The Mean Green got started with a bang in game two as senior Jordan Terry ripped a two-run home run over the flag poles in left-center field to put the Mean Green up 2-0 in the first.
La Tech (14-25, 5-9) got on the board in the second and eventually took a lead in the fifth when catcher Bryana Wade attempted to throw out an attempted base-stealer. The throw ticked off the glove of Brooke Foster at short and rolled all the way to the wall in right-center, allowing two runs to score. That was the third error of the game for the team.
"A couple of those errors there was plenty of time to get an out still," junior Kat Strunk said. "We just didn't make the plays we needed to, to pull the second game out. It was a winnable game."
North Texas couldn't come back from there as La Tech forced the doubleheader split.
Though she did not give up an earned run, senior pitcher Lauren Poole was tagged with the loss as she came in to relieve starter Madison Thompson in the fourth inning.
Sunday's rubber game is set for 1 p.m. at Lovelace Stadium, pending inclement weather.
"We need to come out and play tomorrow," Kirk said. "We don't need to just sit back on our heels and wait for someone to get it started. And we need to have better at-bats, better defense and just pitch like we did today because we pitched well enough to win in both games."