Simmons Pitches Shutout In 1-0 Win

ARLINGTON, Texas (4/6/11) - Brittany Simmons pitched a complete game shutout to lead the North Texas softball team to a 1-0 win against UTA on Wednesday night at Allan Saxe Field.

The Mean Green improves to 17-20 overall, while UTA falls to 26-13. North Texas leads the series, 8-4, and has won the last five meetings. The last three games between the two teams have been decided by two or fewer runs.

UTA pitcher Callie Collins did not allow a Mean Green hit until the seventh inning when Courtney Bradshaw led off with a single. After Anna Barren pinch-ran for the senior, Caitlin Grimes knocked the ball to right field for a second base hit.

 Lisa Johnson drew a walk to load the bases, and Brooke Foster knocked home the only run of the game with a grounder to second base. Barren just beat the throw home to put North Texas ahead, 1-0.

Simmons picked up her ninth win of the season, allowing just five hits in seven innings of work. She walked just one batter. Three of her five hits were given up to Kersti Rowan, who recorded her third hit to lead off the bottom of the seventh. She reached second off a sacrifice bunt but was left stranded on base after Simmons struck out the next two batters.

The complete game shutout was a first this season for Simmons. She has recorded two one-run complete games in 2011.  

Collins held the Mean Green to one run off two hits. She walked four and struck out seven Mean Green batters.

UTA outhit the Mean Green, 5-2, but the two hits was all North Texas needed. Bradshaw has led the Mean Green offense the last six games with a .467 batting average. She is second on the team with an overall hitting percentage of .313.

Wednesday night's Orange for the Cure game supported Abby Burns, the Texas Women's softball player who was just recently diagnosed and undergoing treatment for leukemia. There was no charge for admittance and fans were asked to make a donation to Texas Women's University. Click here for more information

North Texas returns to action when it faces Florida Atlantic on the road this weekend in a three-game series.



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