Nacogdoches, Texas (5/1/13) – Sophomore Dani Hoff knocked in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, giving the North Texas softball team a 2-1 win against Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday afternoon at the SFA Softball Field.
The Mean Green improves to 27-22 overall, while the Lady Jacks fall to 14-31. North Texas caps its 2013 regular season with a win and looks to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament next week. The 27 wins ties for the third-most wins in school history.
The Mean Green’s final regular season game of the 2013 season featured a pitching duel between Ashley Kirk and SFA’s Angela White. For the second straight game, the North Texas offense had to come from behind to earn the win.
Kirk (14-8) ended up with the win, giving up one run off three hits. She struck out nine batters and walked five. The junior increased her season strikeout total to 161, which moves her into second place on NT’s single-season list. The 14 wins moves her into sole possession of third place in the Mean Green single-season record book.
The two pitchers did not give up a run until the bottom of the sixth inning when Elizabeth Arana plated a run with an RBI single off Kirk. Bethany Brown scored from second after reaching base on a walk to put SFA ahead, 1-0.
North Texas responded with a run in the seventh to tie the game. Jackie Miller hit a two-out single to keep the Mean Green in the game. After Karly Williams drew a walk, Bryana Wade tied the game with a single, scoring Madison Tierney from second.
The Mean Green took its first lead in the top of the eighth with a sacrifice fly by Dani Hoff. Lesley Hirsch scored the game-winning run from third after reaching base with a single. She advanced to third on a Brooke Foster base hit.
Hirsch and Foster both posted multi-hit games to lead the Mean Green offense. Foster has now recorded 63 hits this season, which moves her into a tie for the fourth-most hits in school history.