Mean Green Softball Splits With South Alabama

DENTON, Texas (4/21/12) - Ashley Kirk won the first pitcher's duel but came up short in game two as the North Texas softball team split the doubleheader against South Alabama on Saturday night at TWU Pioneer Field. The Mean Green won the first game, 2-1, and lost in the nightcap, 3-1, in 10 innings.

The Mean Green now stands at 20-23-1 and 10-9-1 in the conference, while the Jaguars improve to 28-14 and 12-6 in the Sun Belt. The third and deciding game of the series will be played on Sunday at 12 p.m. at Lovelace Stadium.

Kirk (8-10) picked up the win in game one, allowing one earned run in six innings of work. She gave up a solo home run to Haley Richards in the top of the sixth inning to cut the Mean Green lead to one, 2-1, but Brittany Simmons came in to preserve the win with a save.

Hannah Campbell (16-9) allowed two runs off four hits for South Alabama in game one.

Kirk relieved Simmons in game two with the game tied at 1-1 and gave up a two-run homer to Meghan Collins in the 10th inning that decided the game. Simmons pitched eight innings and gave up one unearned run off three hits.

North Texas took a 1-0 lead in game one in the third inning with an RBI double by Megan Rupp. Dani Hoff scored after reaching base on an error. Lesley Hirsh added to the lead in the fourth with an RBI single. Despite giving up a home run, North Texas held on to the win.

South Alabama outhit the Mean Green, 6-4, in game one, but left 13 runners stranded on base.

In game two, North Texas left 14 runners stranded on base and outhit the Jaguars, 7-5.

USA took a 1-0 lead in the second inning off a Mean Green error and an RBI single by Alex Breeden.

Maddelyn Fraley tied the game in the fifth with a solo home run. It was her 11th home run of the season. The Mean Green was unable to push across another run.



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