Kentucky Defeats Kansas Softball, 7-2
Feb. 26, 2010
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. –
Despite home runs from senior Sara Ramirez and junior Allie Clark, the Kansas softball could not overcome Kentucky in its first game of the UTC Frost Classic as the Jayhawks were defeated 7-2.
KU fell to 5-6 overall while the Wildcats improved its record to 10-2 in its second-straight victory of the day.
Kansas struggled to get its offense going as Kentucky pitcher Chanda Bell limited KU to three hits on the day.
After three scoreless innings by both teams, Kentucky engineered three runs over the next two innings. Kansas responded in the bottom of the fifth when Clark cranked her second home run of the season over the wall in left center field to put one run on the scoreboard.
Following a two-run frame in the top of the sixth by the Wildcats, Ramirez added another solo shot over the fence in the bottom of the inning for her team-leading fourth homer of the season to make the score 6-2.
Unfortunately the Jayhawks could not add any more runs as Kentucky retired five of KU’s last six batters.
Freshman Maggie Hull had the team’s only other hit in the contest, a single up the middle in the fourth inning to breakup Kentucky’s no-hitter.
The Kansas pitching staff gave up 12 hits during the game. Senior starter Sarah Vertelka tossed the first four innings and gave up two runs on five hits to suffer the loss as she fell to 2-3 from the circle. Clark pitched the final three innings and allowed seven hits.
Kansas will play one more game Friday (today) at approximately 4:30 p.m. CT versus Chattanooga. Live stats will be available at www.KUAthletics.com and a live video feed (for a fee) will also be available at www.GoMocs.com.