May 8, 2014
NT 5, FAU 4 Box Score
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Sophomore Taylor Schoblocher delivered the game-clinching RBI single in the 10th inning to propel the Mean Green to a 5-4 victory over Florida Atlantic in the first round of the Conference USA Softball Championship.
Senior pitcher Ashley Kirk got the win in a complete-game victory, her 22nd win of the season. She pitched a career-high 10 innings in the effort.
"I thought this was one of the best games Ashley Kirk has thrown all year," head coach Tracey Kee said. "I thought she had great command of her pitches, and she held us in the ball game until we could punch that final run across. Credit to her and this entire team for battling for 10 innings straight."
Things were quiet through the first couple of innings as the sun set over Boca Raton, but the Mean Green got things going in the top of the third when sophomore Bryana Wade reached on an E3.
All-Conference USA team selections Brooke Foster and Spencer Ferrell both followed it up with singles before junior Dani Hoff sent Wade home on a single of her own.
Then, with runners on the corners, senior Jordan Terry blasted a three-run home run to left-center field to push the Mean Green's lead to 4-0 in the top of the third.
But Florida Atlantic struck back, generating a run with the bases loaded then hitting its own three-run homer to even the score at four all in the bottom of the fourth.
Following the combined eight-run explosion by the two middle seeds during the third and fourth innings, the offenses silenced as the game went deep into extra innings.
Then, with a couple runners on in the top of the 10th inning, Schoblocher came up with the clutch single to left field that scored Hoff from second to give the Mean Green a 5-4 lead that it would not relinquish.
"It felt amazing," Schoblocher said. "We needed that run, and I felt like I needed to do it because it was coming down to the nitty gritty. It was right in my wheelbarrow."
Kirk put the nail in the coffin in the bottom of the 10th to advance the Mean Green into the second round.
Foster, with her 223rd career hit, became the North Texas career hits leader.
North Texas has a quick turnaround as it faces No. 1 Tulsa on Friday, May 9, at 3:30 p.m. CST in round two of the Conference USA Softball Championship.