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Softball: UNT sets record with 18-0 win over Panthers

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North Texas set a program record for runs in an 18-0 blowout of Prairie View A&M on Friday, the second day of the Texas Shootout.

With the win, UNT remained unbeaten at home (8-0) and extended its winning streak to nine, a team record.

“When you looked at the hits, most of them were extra-base hits, so you could tell we swung it aggressively and hard,” UNT coach Tracey Kee said.

North Texas, which has scored the majority of its runs this season in the early innings, started with a Dani Hoff two-run home run in the bottom of the first and Kat Strunk’s three-run double off of the wall.

Strunk finished with a team-high five RBIs on two hits.

“I had been in a slump, and coach Kee gave me a lot of confidence before the game in batting practice,” Strunk said.

Junior starting pitcher Madison Thompson recorded her second win of the season, pitching a complete game and allowing the Panthers just three hits.

“Kudos to the team for getting out there and getting us runs,” Thompson said. “It just helps you have more confidence on the mound, and it is just awesome to come out and shut somebody down.”

North Texas put together its most complete game under Kee. “Tonight’s whole game was about trying to finish stronger than yesterday, and I felt a lot better leaving the field today than I did yesterday,” the first-year coach said.

UNT continues play in the Texas Shootout today at Lovelace Stadium with a 5 p.m. game against Stephen F. Austin.