Kansas Softball Stumbles at UNLV

March 5, 2011

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Kansas softball could not cool the hot bats of UNLV Saturday afternoon as the Jayhawk softball team was defeated 10-1 in day two of the Eller Media Stadium Classic.

Kansas, which fell to 15-3 overall, will play again on Saturday versus Troy at approximately 8 p.m. Central.

UNLV (10-7) started the game with two runs in the bottom of the first inning on four hits and then gained momentum to pull away with six more tallies in the third. The Rebels also took advantage of three walks and two hit by pitches in the frame to take an 8-0 lead.

Montgomery drove in Kansas’ lone run of the contest with a single in the top of the fourth inning. Her shot up the middle plated senior Brittany Hile, who led off the inning with a double to deep left-center field, her third-straight game with a two-base hit.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Hile caught a runner stealing and then the Jayhawks earned out number two through a force out at third base but the Rebels managed to load the bases and score two more runs before the third out to give UNLV its final score of 10-1 in the shortened, five-inning game.

Freshman Kristin Martinez threw the first two innings to suffer the loss, her first of the year, as she fell to 7-1. Junior Ashley Spencer tossed the final two innings of the contest giving up four of the Rebels’ 11 hits.