Hull's Homer Lifts Jayhawks Past Georgia Tech, 3-2, in Extra Innings
March 19, 2011
CONWAY, S.C. –
Sophomore Maggie Hull’s leadoff home run in the top of the eighth inning broke a 2-2 tie to lift the University of Kansas softball team to a 3-2 win versus Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon at the Coastal Carolina Chanticleer Classic to spoil the Yellow Jackets’ 14-game winning streak.
KU improved to 24-3 overall and remains undefeated on the weekend after picking up wins versus Lipscomb and Providence College a day earlier. The Jayhawks play again Saturday evening when they take on host Coastal Carolina at approximately 5:30 p.m. CST.
The Jayhawks held a 2-0 lead until the Yellow Jackets (21-5) rallied back to knot the score in the bottom of the seventh inning and force an extra frame. Hull quickly gave KU back the advantage as her leadoff shot in the eighth inning to center field sailed over the fence. It marked her fourth home run of the season.
Senior pitcher Allie Clark struck out the first GT batter in the bottom of the eighth before forcing a foul fly to Rosie Hull in left field and an easy grounder to freshman Kendra Cullum at first to end the game.
Clark entered the game in the seventh inning for freshman starter Kristin Martinez and held Georgia Tech to one hit over the final two frames and fanned two batters as she improved to 10-1. Martinez tossed six strong innings for the Jayhawks despite giving up both of the Yellow Jackets runs.
Freshman Ashley Newman led the KU offense going 3-for-4 at the plate. Maggie Hull and sophomore Alex Jones also collected multiple hits tallying two knocks a piece as Kansas matched GT with nine hits during the contest.
Junior Liz Kocon put the Jayhawks on the board first with her seventh homer of the season, a solo shot, in the top of the fourth inning.
KU quickly engineered its second run in the next inning. Newman led off the frame with a single up the middle before Cullum’s sacrifice bunt moved her over to second. Jones stepped up to the plate next and reached base on a throwing error, which put Newman on third base. Rosie Hull’s fly ball landed just in front of the left fielder for a base hit to plate Newman.
Maggie Hull nearly made it 3-0 but her double to left center in the sixth inning hit the top of the wall to barely stay in play.
Georgia Tech scored both of its runs in the bottom of the seventh with the help of three-straight singles to start the inning. Clark came in to relieve Martinez and proceeded to deliver a bases loaded walk, which scored GT’s first run. An RBI single down the right field line then tied the score. Clark and the Jayhawk defense retired the next three batters to end the inning with the bases full.