Jayhawks Conclude Weekend with Extra-Inning Victory
March 20, 2010
SAN DIEGO, Calif. –
Junior Brittany Hile’s sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning turned out to be the game-winner as the Kansas softball team held on to defeat San Diego 5-4 in the Jayhawks’ final contest of the San Diego Classic.
KU improved to 14-15 overall and concluded the tournament with a 3-3 mark. San Diego dropped to 9-15 on the season.
The Jayhawks rallied back from a 3-1 deficit in the top of the seventh inning. Hile hit a two-out RBI single up the middle to score the first run. Next USD walked three consecutive batters to load the bases and then walk in two runs, which gave Kansas a 4-3 lead.
Unfortanely, the Toreros hit an RBI triple in the bottom of the seventh frame to send the game into extra innings, KU’s first extra inning game of the season.
After a scoreless eighth, freshman Mariah Montgomery opened the ninth inning with a sacrifice bunt to put Rosie Hull on third base. Hull started the inning on second base due to the international tiebreaker rule. Hile stepped into the batter’s box next and whacked a high fly ball to right field. Though it was caught, it was hit deep enough to give Hull plenty of time to tag up at third and score.
Hile was also responsible for the Jayhawks’ first tally of the game. Her single to center field in the third inning plated freshman Alex Jones.
Kansas junior Allie Clark pitched the complete game victory, her longest career outing, to improve to 5-3. She allowed just one earned run on 12 hits. Four Jayhawks accounted for KU’s five hits during the game. In addition to Hile’s two hits, freshmen Maggie Hull, Rosie Hull and Jones all had one hit a piece.
Kansas will open Big 12 Conference play next weekend, March 27-28, at Texas A&M.
–KU played its first extra-inning game of the season at San Diego.
–Rosie Hull is riding a 10-game hitting streak and finished the San Diego Classic 13-for-20 (.650).
–Allie Clark tossed all nine innings, a new career best.
–In six games, three Jayhawks finished with five RBIs- Maggie Hull, Brittany Hile and Mariah Montgomery.