#15 Texas A&M Rallies Past KU In the Seventh, 3-2
March 26, 2006
COLLEGE STATION, Texas –
For the second day in a row, a seventh-inning rally lifted #15 Texas A&M to a one-run victory over Kansas, 3-2, Sunday to complete the series sweep at the Aggie Sports Complex. With the win, the Aggies improved to 23-9 and 3-0 in Big 12 Conference play while the Jayhawks moved to 15-16 and 0-2 in league action.
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The Texas A&M offense jumped out to an early start, scoring two runs off one hit and a Jayhawk error in the bottom of the first. Jamie Hinshaw reached on a throwing error by KU’s Jessica Moppin and Megan Gibson homered to left off Serena Settlemier to put the Aggies up 2-0.
The Jayhawks posted their first run in the second inning. Settlemier led off with a single to center field and Stevie Crisosto doubled to the gap in right center to score Settlemier from first for the RBI.
KU used three hits in the top of the third to tie the game at two-all. Destiny Frankenstein tripled off the right center wall and Settlemier singled off the top of the left center wall, RBI, missing a home run by just inches.
In the bottom of the seventh, Jami Lobpries, who clinched the Aggies’ victory Saturday with a walk-off homer, led off with a bunt single. Rocky Spencer singled to left to advance Lobpries to second and Rhonda Smith put both runners in scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. With Holly Ridley at the plate, Kassie Humphreys came in to relieve Settlemier, but Lobpries was able to score on a passed ball on Humphreys’ first pitch.
Settlemier (9-4) struck out five, allowed four hits and walked one through 6.1 innings to take her first loss since Feb. 24. She also led KU at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Amanda Scarborough (10-3) gave up six hits, walked two and fanned one batter to earn the complete-game victory for A&M. Scarborough, the 2005 Big 12 Player and Freshman of the Year, increased her win streak in the circle to five.
KU continues its eight-game road stint Tuesday with a doubleheader at UMKC. First pitch at Adair Park in Independence, Mo., is set for 5 p.m.