Strong Start Not Enough to Hold Off Lipscomb

Feb. 27, 2010

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Despite coming out strong and scoring three runs in the first inning, the Kansas softball team could not hold off Lipscomb as the Jayhawks were defeated 7-3 to wrap up day two of the UTC Frost Classic.

KU, which won 4-3 over Tennessee Tech earlier in the day, fell to 6-8 with the loss. Lipscomb moved up to 11-1 overall.

Senior Sara Ramirez homered in the top of the first inning to plate freshman Alex Jones, who led off the frame with a double, to quickly put KU on the board first. Ramirez now leads KU with five home runs this season.

Before the inning was over, the Jayhawks were able to score one more run. Freshman Mariah Montgomery took a walk to first base and advanced to second after a single from junior Brittany Hile through the five-six hole. Both runners moved over one more bag on a passed ball during senior Amanda Jobe’s at-bat. Jobe eventually earned a base on balls and while she was making her way to first base, the Lipscomb catcher threw down to third in an attempt to pick off Montgomery. However, the throw was in the dirt and rolled back into foul territory giving Montgomery time to safely cross home plate and give the Jayhawks a 3-0 lead.

Despite the strong start, the Lady Bison held Kansas to just one more hit for the rest of the game. Montgomery added a hit for KU in the sixth inning with a single up the middle.

In the meantime, Lipscomb scattered 11 hits throughout the contest to drive in its seven runs.

After giving up the first four runs, senior starting pitcher Sarah Vertelka was replaced by junior Allie Clark. Clark held the Lady Bison scoreless for three and two thirds innings before Lipscomb added three runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits in the sixth inning.

The Jayhawks wrap up the UTC Frost Classic Sunday morning (tomorrow) with a single game versus Austin Peay at 9 a.m. CT.