North Texas scored first and rallied late, but No. 7 Texas held on for 5-4 victory in the championship game of the Texas Classic on Sunday at McCombs Field in Austin.
UNT’s Ashley Kirk (1-1) took the loss, giving up all five runs on six hits in six innings. She finished with five strikeouts. All five runs, four of which were earned, were scored in the second inning.
Blaire Luna (2-0) won her second game of the tournament for the Longhorns (5-0). After a shaky first inning, she shut down the Mean Green for four innings, striking out six of the 12 batters. She gave up two runs off two hits and a walk in the sixth inning. Luna finished with 14 strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Lesley Hirsch led off the first for UNT (3-2) with a single to left field, moved to second on a walk to Paige Kisling and advanced to third on a pick-off attempt to first. Jordan Terry brought Hirsch home with an RBI single to center field. Taylor Schoblocher walked to load the bases, and Kisling scored from third off a wild pitch for a 2-0 lead.
The Longhorns responded in the second with five runs, as Mandy Ogle’s three-run homer put them in the lead for good at 3-2 before adding two RBI singles in the inning.
In the sixth, Dani Hoff started a two-out rally for the Mean Green with her second walk of the game. Madison Tierney ran out a dribbler to the second baseman for a hit, and Karly Williams knocked in a run with a single up the middle. Tierney scored the second run off a Texas fielding error, but Luna struck out Kisling to end the threat.
Terry reached base in the seventh on a hit by pitch, but Luna struck out the final two batters to seal the win for the Longhorns.
North Texas returns to action Friday as it plays host to the Lovelace Invitational. The Mean Green will play at 4:30 p.m. against Oklahoma State and again at 7 p.m. against Nebraska-Omaha.