Clark Takes Advantage of Costly TTU Error, Lifts Jayhawks to 4-3 Victory
Feb. 27, 2010
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. –
In a double play gone amiss, junior Allie Clark took advantage of a passed ball at first base to sneak across home plate from second base in the bottom of the seventh inning and lift the Kansas softball team to a 4-3 victory versus Tennessee Tech.
The Jayhawks remain undefeated in Saturday contests with a 5-0 mark and improved their overall record to 6-7. Kansas plays again today (Saturday) at approximately 4:30 p.m. CT versus Lipscomb. Live stats are available at www.KUAthletics.com.
Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning, senior Sara Ramirez led off the frame with a base on balls. Clark then reached with a single to third base and both runners moved over one bag on a sacrifice bunt from senior Amanda Jobe. Junior Brittany Hile loaded the bases with a walk.
Freshman Mariah Montgomery then proceeded to hit a grounder to the third baseman. Tennessee Tech, which fell to 4-5 with the loss, completed the force out at home to eliminate Ramirez but when the Golden Eagles threw to first for the double play, TTU’s first baseman missed the catch. As the ball rolled back into foul territory, Clark trotted home to score the winning run.
Not only did Clark score the game winner, but the she also picked up the win from the pitcher’s circle throwing the final one and one thirds innings. Clark allowed no hits or runs and struck out two of the four batters she faced as she improved to 2-1 from the circle.
Only two of Kansas’ four runs in the game were earned as the Jayhawks took advantage of three Tennessee Tech errors.
Sophomore Marissa Ingle brought in KU’s first two runs in the bottom of the second inning on a hit down the right field line. The single plated Hile, who reached on an error by the pitcher, and Montgomery, who got on base with a single up the middle.
Montgomery used another single up the middle in the third frame to score Jobe and break a 2-2 tie. The inning started off grim as Tennessee Tech retired the first two batters quickly, but Jobe earned a base on balls and Hile and Montgomery followed with consecutive hits.
Kansas retired eight of the next nine TTU batters before the Golden Eagles rallied with back-to-back doubles in the sixth inning to knot the score at 3-3. Clark came in to pitch during the sixth frame for Jones.
In the batter’s box, Jones and Montgomery both finished with a pair of hits. Jones leads the team with eight multiple-hit games this season. Four additional Jayhawks recorded a hit in the contest.