#15 Aggies Slip By Jayhawks, 2-1
March 25, 2006
COLLEGE STATION, Texas –
Texas A&M’s Jami Lobpries hit a two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Kansas, 2-1, Saturday in front of a crowd of 1,125 at the Aggie Sports Complex. With the loss, the Jayhawks moved to 15-15 and 0-1 in league play while the #15 Aggies improved to 22-9 and 2-0.
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The Jayhawks used four hits to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Seniors Heather Stanley, Nettie Fierros and Destiny Frankenstein notched three straight hits to lead off the inning. Stanley was called out for leaving base early and senior Serena Settlemier flew out to left for the second out, but senior Jessica Moppin singled off the glove of Aggie third baseman Jamie Hinshaw to score Fierros from second.
KU had the chance to add a run in the seventh. Settlemier reached on an error and was replaced by pinch runner Ashley Goodrich, who stole second, reached third on a wild pitch but was picked off while trying to steal home.
A&M notched just two hits until the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, a runner on first (walk) and a 2-2 count, Lobpries homered off junior Kassie Humphreys to left to end the game.
Humphreys (6-10) held A&M hitless until the bottom of the fifth when Holly Ridley singled to left with two outs. Humphreys totaled six strikeouts, four walks and allowed just three hits in 6.2 innings of work.
The KU defense was solid, committing no errors and making tough infield plays, and freshman catcher Erika Simington threw out both Aggie steal attempts.
Aggie hurler Megan Gibson (11-3) gave up four hits, struck out three and walked one through seven innings to take the complete-game victory.
KU and A&M will wrap up the league series Sunday at noon.