Jayhawk Softball Falls at No. 8/10 Texas
March 26, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas –
Kansas could not quiet Texas’ bats as the Jayhawk softball team fell 12-0 in five innings to the No. 8/10 Longhorns Saturday afternoon at McCombs Field in KU’s first Big 12 Conference road game.
With the loss, KU fell to 26-6 overall, including 0-3 in Big 12 play. Texas extended an 11-game winning streak as it improved to 27-3 in its conference opener.
UT pitchers Blaire Luna (16-2) and Rachel Fox kept the Jayhawks off of the bases for much of the game as KU was unable to collect a hit until the fifth inning, when freshman Kendra Cullum and sophomore Alex Jones hit back-to-back singles. Unfortunately, Kansas did not record another timely hit as it stranded both runners.
Despite no hits through the first four frames, Kansas reached base five times, including bases loaded in the second, but could not engineer a run.
Sophomore Maggie Hull led off the second inning with a hit by pitch and eventually advanced to third after walks to senior Brittany Hile and sophomore Rosie Hull. In the next play though, junior Marissa Ingle grounded into a double play and Cullum struck out swinging to end the inning.
Texas scattered 11 hits, including two home runs, off a trio of KU pitchers to score its 12 runs. Freshman Kristin Martinez tossed the first inning to suffer just her second loss of the season as she dropped to 12-2. Jones and junior Ashley Spencer also saw time from the circle for the Jayhawks.
KU and Texas will square off again Sunday at noon. Free video and audio will be available for the game at www.TexasSports.tv.