May 4, 2014
NT 11, Tulsa 8 Box Score
DENTON, Texas – Senior Brooke Foster unleashed a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to give North Texas the 11-8 victory when the Mean Green’s back was against the wall against an 18th-ranked Tulsa unit that had not lost a series all season.
With the walk-off victory, North Texas notched win No. 30, a program-best mark.
“All along I have just tried to keep my faith in this offensive group as well as our pitchers,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “Brooke came up with the clutch play.”
Tulsa hit hard in the top of the first, scoring three runs, two of which came on a double to left-center field.
But the Mean Green punched back in the bottom of the first with a bases-clearing double by senior Jackie Miller that scored three of North Texas’ five runs.
The Golden Hurricane retaliated in the top of the second with four more runs before the Mean Green’s Bryana Wade blasted a solo home run in the bottom of the inning to put the score at 7-6 in favor of Tulsa.
The two offensive units calmed after the second inning with neither unit registering a run until the Mean Green’s Dani Hoff singled to score senior Brooke Foster in the bottom of the sixth and tie the ball game.
But once again, Tulsa found the answer, converting a sacrifice fly to reclaim the lead in the top of the seventh.
The Mean Green didn’t buckle and the bottom of the order loaded the bases for Brooke Foster, one of the greatest offensive players in North Texas history.
She didn’t disappoint, delivering a walk-off grand slam in her final home game to secure the team’s 30th win and put herself into a tie for first place on the career hits list.
“It was just right where I wanted it,” Foster said. “It was crazy.”
Senior Lauren Poole quietly entered the game for Ashley Kirk in the third inning in what was becoming a shootout but held her own, allowing only two hits in five innings of work and one earned run.
North Texas now heads to Boca Raton, Fla., for the Conference USA tournament, which begins on May 8. The Mean Green’s first game will be against host Florida Atlantic at 5:30 p.m. CST.