Ashley Kirk struck out 15 over six innings to help North Texas to a 4-1 victory over Winthrop on Sunday on the final day of the Red and Black Showcase in Athens. Ga.
“I was proud of the girls today on their approach after that difficult loss [Saturday] night,” head coach Tracey Kee said, referring to the Mean Green’s 5-2 loss to Winthrop. “I felt we had much better energy, focus and production in all facets of the game, defense, pitching and hitting.”
UNT (2-3) avenged the loss to the Eagles behind excellent pitching from Kirk (2-1) and freshman Kenzie Grimes, who registered two strikeouts in her one inning of work.
The Mean Green walked eight times, including four times in the first inning, which turned into North Texas’ first two runs of the game.
It was a lead that UNT would not relinquish as Kirk gave the lone unearned run.
Bryana Wade, Jordan Terry and Kat Strunk all had one RBI apiece for the Mean Green.
“We realize we still have lots of work to do as a team, and we will get back to work this week before we put the uniforms on again next weekend,” Kee said.
UNT returns home for tournaments over the next three weekends beginning with the Lovelace Invitational. The Mean Green opens against Nicholls State at 3 p.m. Friday, before facing Southern at 5:30 p.m. UNT wraps up the two-day event against Northern Iowa at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Adams State 6, TWU 5
Adams State scored on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday to hand the Pioneers their only loss during the three-day Desert Stinger Tournament in Las Vegas.
TWU (7-3) got on the board first with two unearned runs in the third inning before the Grizzlies responded with three unearned runs in the bottom of the inning.
Junior Kendra Sancet put the Pioneers on top 5-3 with a two-out, three-run homer in the top of the sixth inning. It was Sancet’s fifth homer of the year and fourth in the tournament.
Adams State, however, tied the game in the bottom of the inning as Erica Haugum hit a two-run home run.
In the eighth, the Grizzlies scored the winning run as Kalin Johnson came home on Jourdan Ensign’s flyout to left field.
Katie Hines (1-3) took the loss in relief for TWU, as she came on in the seventh for starter Brandie Lander.
“We didn’t play our best game today,” TWU head coach Genny Stidham said. “Offensively, we swung at some bad pitches and couldn’t get key hits with runners on. On defense, we had errors that allowed five unearned runs. Kendra hit a big home run in the sixth to give us the lead, but we could not hold on."
The Pioneers next play in the St. Edward’s Round Robin in Austin beginning at 1:30 p.m. Friday against Chadron State. At 3:45 p.m., TWU will play Regis. At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, TWU plays Texas A&M-International before finishing up Sunday with a 1:30 p.m. game against Chadron State and at 3:45 p.m. against St. Edward’s.