April 16, 2014
NT 3, UTA 0 Box Score
DENTON, Texas – Senior pitcher Ashley Kirk notched her 20th win on the season, setting the North Texas single-season wins record and shutting out UTA, 3-0, on a windy afternoon at Lovelace Stadium.
“Yesterday at practice, coach told me I was pitching and was going to get that win,” Kirk said. “We had a game plan set, and we attacked them. I have to give the credit to my team for putting up the runs when they did and playing really good defense.”
The program’s best pitcher also set the single-season strikeout record, breaking her own record of 177, on her second ring up of the evening. She struck out a total of 12 en route to her third complete-game shutout of the season and extended the Mean Green's win streak to four.
“It was important to run Ashley out there,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “With four days rest coming up, this was a game we couldn’t let slip by. I wanted her to get the record and get it over with so it wasn’t sitting in the back of her head down the stretch.”
North Texas grabbed its first two runs in the bottom of the second when Taylor Schoblocher and Jackie Miller came home on an error by the Maverick third baseman.
The Mean Green scored one more in the next frame off of a Jordan Terry single to center field that sent Kat Strunk home. Terry’s hit extended her on-base streak to 15 straight games.
UTA threatened briefly in the seventh inning, getting a base runner on, but Kirk closed out the top of the Maverick’s lineup in order and secured her fourth-straight win.
With the win, Kirk now owns the single-season and career wins records as well as the single-season and career strikeout records, which makes her the most decorated pitcher in North Texas history.
“She is such an integral part of our success right now,” Kee said. “As I tell her, my heart is a little too young for 12 strikeouts and seven walks, but if I can keep her reeled in, she can do some really good things.”
Sophomore catcher Bryana Wade caught her 20th base runner stealing and only needs four more to claim the single-season record.
Sophomore transfer Spencer Ferrell is also climbing the charts. She laid down her 13th sacrifice bunt of the season, which put her into a tie for third on the single-season list.
The Mean Green gets a timely bye before heading up to Norman, Okla., for a meeting with the Sooners on Wednesday, April 23, at 6 p.m.