UNT splits pair on second day of tourney
SAN MARCOS — North Texas tied a season high with 11 hits in a 9-3 win over Texas State on Saturday at the CenturyLink Classic. The Mean Green lost to Purdue 6-2 in its first game of the day.
The Mean Green (10-10) is 3-1 on the weekend and will wrap up tournament play at 12:30 p.m. today against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Bobcat Stadium.
For the second time in the tournament, North Texas compiled 11 hits in a game. The Mean Green recorded 11 hits Friday against A&M-Corpus Christi.
Ashley Kirk won her fifth game of the season, pitching in relief of Brittany Simmons against the Bobcats. The junior pitched four shutout innings, allowing no hits and striking out seven. Jackie Miller made her season pitching debut, allowing one hit in the seventh inning.
Dani Hoff and Jordan Terry led UNT with two hits and two RBIs apiece. North Texas took an early lead, scoring four runs in the first inning. Hoff brought home two runners, including Terry, with her team-leading fifth double. Two more runs scored on a Karly Williams single.
The Bobcats came back, scoring a run in the second and two in the third. North Texas sealed the win with four runs in the fourth off three hits and two errors.
Terry posted RBI singles in the fourth and fifth innings.
Purdue outhit the Mean Green 9-3. The Boilermakers capitalized in the first, as their leadoff hitter reached base on an error and scored on a bases-loaded walk.
North Texas responded in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead. Paige Kisling knocked in two runs with her first career triple.
Purdue scored four runs in the second to retake the lead.
North Texas was shut out the rest of the way, recording only two hits in the final five innings.
Lauren Poole (0-3) pitched a complete game, allowing six runs and nine hits.
Hoff is leading the Mean Green at the tournament, posting six hits in 12 at-bats. Brooke Foster and Terry each have knocked in six runs in the four games.
UNT finishes second
ROCKWALL — North Texas took the silver medal for the second straight year at the Sun Belt Conference swimming and diving meet.
UNT coach Joe Dykstra was honored with Co-Coach of the Year honors at the end of the event.
The Mean Green entered the final day of the meet with the lead, but Western Kentucky had too much firepower in the final events.
Sophomore Mona Groteguth led the Mean Green’s initial charge Saturday. She posted a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke.
Senior Becca Ploetz grabbed third place in the 100 freestyle for North Texas.
The Mean Green scored a silver medal in the 200 breaststroke when Krista Rossum edged out WKU’s Claire Conlon by eight-tenths of a second.
UNT senior Catia Weickgenant grabbed her own silver medal in the 200 butterfly, missing the NCAA “B” qualifying time by less than a second.
The North Texas crew of senior Becca Ploetz, Rossum, freshman Mackenzie Childs and Weickgenant took silver in the 400 freestyle relay.