Kansas Softball Splits Doubleheader With Missouri State
March 14, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. – –
An RBI single from freshman Mariah Montgomery in the bottom of the seventh inning plated the game-winning run as Kansas softball defeated Missouri State 4-3 to split its doubleheader with the Bears.
The Jayhawks, who lost 8-7 in game one, improved to 11-12, while Missouri State fell to 3-12.
Missouri State scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to knot the score at 3-3 but Montgomery kept the game out of extra innings with a clutch single in the bottom of the frame.
Freshman Alex Jones led off the inning with a strikeout but was able to reach first base safely on a dropped third strike. Jones advanced one base after a sacrifice bunt from freshman Rosie Hull. Faced with a 0-2 count, Montgomery connected on the next pitch and brought Jones home on a hard shot up the middle to win the game.
Montgomery was one of seven Jayhawks to record a hit as Kansas matched Missouri State with eight hits during the game. Jones had two hits for KU and leads the team with 10 multiple-hit contests. Her RBI single in the fifth inning plated the Jayhawks’ first run.
Kansas scored its other two runs in the sixth frame from two hits and smart base running. With runners on first and second, junior Brittany Hile batted in Julie Jenkins, who was pinch running for Clark, on a hit down the right field line. During the same play, Missouri State threw the ball around the infield chasing Hile as she advanced to second base. In the meantime, senior Sara Ramirez ran home and slid safely under the ensuing tag.
Jones improved to 4-3 from the circle after tossing the complete game victory. She gave up eight hits, all single-base knocks, and walked three while fanning six batters, one shy of her career high.
Kansas will wrap up tournament play this weekend, March 18-20, when it travels to San Diego, Calif., for the San Diego Classic II. Live stats for all games will be available at www.KUAthletics.com.
-Freshman Rosie Hull had a hit in each of her first five at bats Sunday and went 5-for-8 (.625) in the doubleheader versus MSU.
-Sophomore Marissa Ingle and freshman Mariah Montgomery each batted in three runs in Sunday’s doubleheader.
-Montgomery and Hull are each riding a four-game hit streak.