April 13, 2014
NT 8, Marshall 2 Box Score
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – Behind the dominant effort of senior starting pitcher Ashley Kirk, the Mean Green swept Marshall in game three of the series, 8-2, as North Texas poured it on late to close out the Herd.
Kirk notched her 19th win of the season, which put her into a tie for first place on the North Texas single-season wins list with Kristina Fowler.
“Ashley Kirk had a wonderful game today,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “To come in after yesterday with how much she threw and work through their lineup efficiently, it is a credit to her hard work.”
Offensively, the Mean Green generated its first run behind a Bryana Wade walk that scored Dani Hoff from third in the second inning.
In the fourth, sophomore Taylor Schoblocher hammered her fourth homer of the season, a solo shot, over the left-field wall.
The game remained tight until North Texas’ top-scoring offense awoke in the top of the sixth.
The inning began with a Hoff walk, and she was advanced to second by a Jackie Miller sacrifice bunt. A couple of errors ensued as Spencer Ferrell reached on an E1 and Shelbie Smith got on via an E6. A Brooke Foster walk loaded the bags before a pinch-hitting Kenzie Grimes singled to center to score a pair of runs.
Junior Kat Strunk added to the damage with a single of her own that scored Foster from third and extended the Mean Green lead to 6-0.
The onslaught continued in the top of the seventh with a Schoblocher shot to left-center field that was ruled an E7 but resulted in an unofficial inside-the-park home run as Schoblocher made the round trip around the bags and scored. Hoff, who walked to open the inning, scored on the play as well.
“This was huge for us,” coach Kee concluded. “We knew looking at the remainder of our conference we had to make a move. We knew it was going to be tough to come up here and sweep, but a credit to our kids for hanging in there and really getting our offense going to allow our pitchers to settle in.”
North Texas returns home for a meeting with local rival UTA on Wednesday, April 16, at 6 p.m.