Mean Green Hosts Texas State On Wednesday

DENTON, Texas (4/10/12) - The Mean Green softball team finishes its homestand this week when it hosts Texas State on Wednesday in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.

The Mean Green (17-18-1) is 4-1-1 in its current homestand and 10-2-1 overall this season at Lovelace Stadium. North Texas lost just its second game at home this past weekend against Florida Atlantic. The record for wins at home is 17, set last year. The record for fewest losses at home is seven, set in 2010.  

The Mean Green is facing Texas State for a second time this season. North Texas lost to the Bobcats, 1-0, in nine innings at the Texas Shootout in Waco, Texas. It was the Mean Green's first extra-inning game of the season. North Texas is 5-4 all-time against the Bobcats. Texas State is currently 24-14 and is led by its two pitchers, Anne Marie Taylor and Chandler Hall. Taylor is 10-7 this season with a 1.73 ERA and held the Mean Green to just three hits in February.

With its three walks on Saturday against FAU, North Texas set a school record with 147 walks. The 2010 team held the previous record of 145. Lisa Johnson needs just two more walks to break her own single-season record of 29. She holds the single-season and career walks record. Through games of April 1, Johnson is ranked 31st nationally in walks. Next up for the Mean Green is the home run and RBI team records. North Texas needs eight more home runs and 34 more RBI to move into the top three.

For the third straight week, Maddelyn Fraley is one of the team leaders in runs batted in. She led the team this past week with five RBI. She leads the team with 32, which is just two out of the top five on the single-season record list. She is tied for the team lead with nine home runs, which is tied for fifth on the single-season home run list at North Texas. She is fifth in the conference in RBI and tied for third in home runs. Nationally, she is ranked 63rd in home runs per game and 71st in runs batted in per game.

Ashley Kirk picked up two wins against FAU, improving her overall record to 5-8. She allowed just one run in 10 innings of work. She struck out 13 batters and did not allow a single walk. It is the first time in her career that she has pitched a minimum of five innings in a game and did not give up a walk.  Kirk is ranked 41st nationally in strikeouts per seven innings.

Brittany Simmons struck out a career-high eight batters in the 5-3 loss to FAU. With those 13 strikeouts against FAU, Kirk moved into third place all-time at North Texas in career strikeouts with 253. Simmons moved into fifth place with 184. Both will need a few more strikeouts to move up the next rung in the ladder. Ashley Lail holds the No. 2 spot with 290 strikeouts, and Kayla Lawson is now fourth with 243 strikeouts.

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