North Texas continued its winning ways on day one of the Texas Shootout on Thursday, notching victories over Texas State, 1-0, and Abilene Christian, 12-8.
With the win over ACU, North Texas extended its win streak to an all-time program high of eight games and stayed undefeated at Lovelace Stadium with a perfect 7-0 record.
“I thought we did a good job of getting that first run on that board early so Ashley [Kirk] could settle in,” UNT coach Tracey Kee said. “Credit to her, she was in very good command that entire game and had some good strikeouts. Defensively, we made some plays.”
Kirk led the Mean Green to a one-run victory over Texas State in the first contest of the day with a one-hit, complete-game shutout. Kirk struck out nine Bobcats en route to her fifth win of the season.
“I have to give all the credit to God and to my team,” Kirk said. “They were behind me the whole time and never once let up. My defense kept us in that game, and that is the reason we won that game.”
UNT junior Dani Hoff provided the only offense of the game for either team in the first inning with an RBI double that scored Spencer Ferrell, who had tripled.
The North Texas bats came alive in game two. The Mean Green staved off an ACU rally and won by four. Hoff continued her big day at the plate with two RBIs in the game. Sophomore Taylor Schoblocher plated three runs on three hits.
“We knew that we needed to come out aggressively, and I was pleased with our offense in that game,” Kee said. “I thought the game was ugly defensively, and we have to turn around and execute better [today].”
Senior Lauren Poole earned the win, going 4 2/3 innings and giving up two runs to move to 2-1 on the season.
The Mean Green was active on the bases with seven stolen bases, going 7-for-8 on the day overall.
The Texas Shootout continues today, with UNT set to face Prairie View A&M at 5 p.m.