Softball Edged 4-3 by Long Beach State
March 17, 2010
LONG BEACH, Calif. – –
Despite out-hitting Long Beach State and taking a quick 3-0 lead after the first inning, the Kansas softball team was unable to reproduce its offensive output down the stretch as the Jayhawks fell 4-3 in its first game of the San Diego Classic Wednesday.
KU out-hit LBSU 6-4 as it fell to 11-13 overall. Long Beach State improved to 11-12 on the season.
Tied 3-3 after six and a half innings, LBSU put the winning run on base after Bridgette Pagano struck out swinging but made it safely to first base when a wild pitch in the dirt got away from KU catcher Brittany Hile. A walk and sacrifice bunt later, Pagano was on third base. She scored the winning run when the next batter grounded to second base but the throw home was too late.
Senior Amanda Jobe and freshmen Rosie Hull each went 2-for-3 for the Jayhawks. Both of Jobe’s hits were doubles in her second multiple-hit game of the season. Senior Sara Ramirez and freshman Mariah Montgomery also contributed a hit in the game.
The Jayhawks took advantage of multiple illegal pitches in the top of the first inning to score its first two runs. Jobe then used a two-out double to left field to plate Montgomery, who reached on a walk, to score KU’s final run.
The 49ers’ pitcher Brooke Turner was chased from the pitcher’s circle during the first frame after delivering several illegal pitches. Taylor Petty came in to take over and held KU hitless through the second, third and fourth innings. The Jayhawks managed just one hit in each of the final three innings and stranded three runners in scoring position over that span.
LBSU took advantage of a Marissa Ingle error to score its first run in the second inning and added two more in the third frame to knot the score at 3-3.
Junior pitcher Allie Clark took the loss for Kansas and dropped to 3-3 despite striking out a season-high five batters.
Kansas will continue play in the San Diego Classic II on Thursday (tomorrow) at 6:30 p.m. CT versus UMass.