Kansas Defense Holds Off Kangaroos, Sweep UMKC
March 30, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
With the tying run on third, UMKC hit a high fly ball to right field but freshman Rosie Hull was there to make the catch as the University of Kansas softball team held on to defeat the Kangaroos 1-0 in Tuesday’s nightcap.
KU, which won the first game 5-1, improved to 16-17 overall. UMKC dropped to 8-22 on the season.
After racking up five runs on nine hits in the first game of its doubleheader, UMKC pitcher Deanna Fries limited KU to just three hits in the second game but the Jayhawks made the most of its limited opportunities.
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, senior Alicia Irwin earned a base on balls to get the offense started. Freshman Alex Jones stepped up to the plate next and hit a grounder to the third baseman. Jones beat out the throw to first but the toss was wild and wound up in foul territory before eventually bouncing into the visitor’s dugout along the first base side. With the ball out of play, Irwin, who had made it all the way to third base on the play, was given a free ride to home plate.
Jones notched the victory from the pitcher’s circle improving to 5-3. She gave up five hits and fanned two batters in the outing while her defense backed her up with solid play-making.
In addition to providing the game-ending putout, Hull was also responsible for two of the Jayhawks’ three hits in the game
Kansas continues its homestand this weekend, April 2-3, when it hosts No. 17/17 Texas.