Oct. 25, 2013
Kat Strunk is one of five newcomers that join the Mean Green softball team this year. Struck, a junior from NCTC, is also one of two junior college transfers on the squad.
Strunk was in a rare position last weekend when the Mean Green played her old team, NCTC, in a doubleheader. The two-time all-conference player for the Lions was able to let her teammates know what her old teammates were planning on doing.
"It was a lot of fun," said Strunk. "Just because I knew everyone, I knew how they played, how they would hit. I was able to tell the other outfielders where to play so that helped us."
North Texas was a perfect fit for the outfielder. The Grand Prairie, Texas native wanted to stay close to home and continue to play softball. The big thing was that North Texas was one of the only schools in the state of Texas that had her major: interior design.
"Right now, I'm a pre-major. So, I'm just taking basics like drawing and design. Those are really fun. It's different than normal classes. You're not just reading a book or answering questions. You have to put thought into a lot of your projects."
Following graduation, Struck would love to work with home interior design, but she is open to anything to get her foot in the door.
Until then, Struck is concentrating on softball. She will bring a lot of depth to the outfield for the Mean Green.
"The main thing I love about practice is that Coach Kee explains everything she does. She explains why we are doing certain drills. She'll take a time out in practice to stop what we are doing, and make sure we all know what we are doing wrong and how we can correct it. She also lets us know what are doing right.
I can already tell I've learned so many new things about the game and it makes me love it that much more. It's exciting."
North Texas hosts Weatherford on Friday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. in a doubleheader at Lovelace Stadium. The Mean Green finishes up its fall season with its alumni game on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m.