Softball Run-Rules Sam Houston State For Jayhawks First Win
Feb. 13, 2010
HOUSTON, Texas –
Junior Allie Clark batted in four runs while freshman pitcher Alex Jones allowed no runs in a complete game effort to help the Kansas softball team defeat Sam Houston State 10-0 in six innings Saturday afternoon for the Jayhawks’ first victory of the 2010 season.
KU, which lost to SHSU yesterday, improved to 1-2 overall. The Bearkats dropped to 1-2 on the season.
“I thought the girls came back and responded well after yesterday’s games,” said first year head coach Megan Smith. “We challenged the team to focus on the little things and make sure they were taking care of those things. Alex Jones did an excellent job of controlling Sam Houston State’s batters today and I can’t say enough about her performance. Our offense showed up tonight and did a really good job of putting pressure on Sam Houston State throughout the game.”
Jones picked up her first collegiate win from the pitcher’s circle. She gave up five hits and three walks and struck out five batters. Jones also had a strong offensive showing going 2-for-3 from the plate in the leadoff spot.
Junior Liz Kocon put the Jayhawks on the scoreboard first in the top of the opening inning. The KU left fielder hit a fielder’s choice to the second basemen but Sam Houston’s throw home was too late as Jones safely crossed the plate. Jones led off the inning with a walk and advanced on a fielding error and sacrifice bunt.
Kocon brought in multiple runs during the game finishing with three RBIs while batting in the clean up spot.
Kansas put the game out of reach posting big innings in the fifth and sixth frames. In the top of the fifth, Kocon added a pair of RBIs with a single up the middle. Clark then cleared the bases with a three-run home run, the team’s first homer of the season, to put the Jayhawks up 6-0.
Ramirez recorded her first RBI of the season in the top of the sixth lining a ball to the shortstop, which was dropped to plate Jones. Jones led off the inning with the team’s first triple of 2010.
Two hitters later, Clark was back at it hitting an RBI single by the third baseman. Before the inning was over, junior catcher Brittany Hile hit a double down the right field line to score senior Amanda Jobe and Kocon, who both earned a base on balls.
Sam Houston State stranded seven runners during the contest, only two of which reached scoring position.
The Jayhawks play their second game of the day at approximately 8 p.m. Saturday evening versus host Houston. Live stats will be available via www.KUAthletics.com.