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Softball: Terry’s grand slam lifts UNT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Jordan Terry hit her first career grand slam to help lift North Texas to an 8-1 win in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader against Western Kentucky.

The Lady Toppers held on in the nightcap for a 4-3 victory to earn a split on the first day of the Sun Belt Conference series, which concludes with a single game at noon today.

The Mean Green (16-13, 4-3 SBC) used three home runs to take the opener.

Ahead 3-1, North Texas exploded for five runs in the top of the seventh. Two walks and a single loaded the bases for Terry, who fouled off seven straight pitches before hitting a grand slam that bounced off the flagpole in left field.

Lesley Hirsch sealed the inning with a solo home run to center field. It was her first career homer. The senior went 6-for-8 in the doubleheader.

Terry also hit a solo home run to lead off the sixth after striking out in her first two at-bats. The third baseman’s five RBIs tied a school record. It was Terry’s first career grand slam and first two-homer game.

Ashley Kirk (7-4) picked up the win, allowing one run off four hits in 4 1/3 innings. Lauren Poole relieved Kirk in the fifth and held the Lady Toppers (17-10, 6-2) hitless the rest of the way, earning her second save.

UNT’s Paige Kisling knocked in the first run of the game with a single up the middle in the third inning to score Brooke Foster, who had singled and stolen second. The Mean Green made it 2-0 in the fourth with a double steal.

The Lady Toppers (17-10, 6-2) scored their only run of the game on an RBI single by Preslie Cruce in the fifth.

In the second game — despite outhitting WKU 10-5 — UNT could not string together the hits and came up short, including leaving the bases loaded in the seventh inning.

Brittany Simmons (5-4) picked up the loss. She gave up four runs and four hits in 3 1/3 innings. She gave up a two-run homer in the second inning and was relieved by Kirk in the fourth.

Down 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh, North Texas scored one run on a Dani Hoff single. A single by Hirsch loaded the bases with one out, but WKU’s Emily Rousseau ended the Mean Green threat with a strikeout and a flyout.