NT Hosts Rally For Abby Game Today

DENTON, Texas (5/4/11) -The North Texas softball team holds its third charity game of the season when it hosts UTA in a Rally For Abby Game on Wednesday, May 4 at 6 p.m. The Mean Green will also hold a ceremony for its seven seniors prior to the game at 5:15 pm.

The North Texas and UTA softball teams are joining up to raise money for TWU softball player Abby Burns who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in January. The two teams will play two charity games during the 2011 season to raise money for Abby’s medical expenses. For the past three years, the two teams have each hosted strikeout cancer games at their respective schools, benefiting the American Cancer Society. This year, the two programs have decided to raise money for Burns, who was a teammate of current North Texas softball player Hayley Siebman.

Admission is free in lieu of a cash donation. The North Texas softball team raised more than $1200 in this season's Play For Kay Game, benefiting the DFW's Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The Mean Green raised $2700 for its first annual Wounded Warrior Project charity game.

North Texas is facing UTA  for the second time this season. The Mean Green defeated UTA, 1-0, on April 6, and holds an overall series record of 8-4 against the Mavs. North Texas has won the last five meetings.

The Mean Green will honor seven seniors on Wednesday, May 4th for Senior Day. All seven have contributed to the success of the North Texas softball program. Renae Bromley, Courtney Bradshaw, Mallory Cantler and Mariza Martinez have been a part of the program all four years, while Anna Barren is a three-year letterwinner after transfering from Houston Baptist. Monica Hirsch joined the team for her junior and senior seasons, and Hayley Siebman transfered from TWU to spend her senior year at North Texas.

Mallory Cantler posted three hits in the series against Troy, increasing her career hit total to 220. She needs just three more hits to set the career hits record at North Texas. Katya Muller holds the record with 222. Cantler is also close to the RBI record of 138. Cantler has recorded 128 in her career and needs 11 more to break Susan Waters’ record. Cantler already set the doubles record this season and holds the career records in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and most of the career fielding records. Cantler is hitting .325 this season with 51 hits, nine home runs and 32 RBI. The home run total is a personal single-season best and the 32 RBI is second only to her 44 her freshman season.

North Texas pitchers Ashley Kirk and Lauren Poole combined to no-hit the Troy Trojans in the 9-1 five-inning run-rule victory on Saturday afternoon at Lovelace Stadium. Kirk pitched the first three innings, giving up one unearned run in the first inning and striking out four. Poole came on in relief and pitched two perfect innings to seal the five-inning no-hitter. Another Ashley has no-hit the Trojans. On April 11, 2009, Ashley Lail pitched a no-hitter at home against the Trojans.

With her four strikeouts, Kirk set the single-season strikeout record at North Texas in the win against Troy. The redshirt freshman has recorded 147 strikeouts in 2011, surpassing Kristina Fowler who struck out 145 batters in 2006. The 147 strikeouts also puts her fifth all-time at North Texas. Fowler holds the career record with 447.

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