Walk-Off Home Run Earns KU Softball Split With Border Rival Missouri
April 1, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Liz Kocon’s lead-off homer and Amanda Jobe’s walk-off home run in the seventh inning led the Kansas softball team to capture a 4-1 game two victory and split a doubleheader with No. 11 Missouri Wednesday evening at Arrocha Ballpark.
KU earned its first Big 12 victory of the year as it improved to 1-3 in the conference and 11-20 overall. Missouri moved to 31-5 on the season and 4-2 in Big 12 play.
The Jayhawks stormed back from a 1-0 deficit with four runs in the seventh inning to defeat the Tigers, 4-1. Kocon led off the inning with a home run to right field. Allie Clark followed up Kocon’s homer with a line drive double down the right field line. Following a walk to Elle Pottorf and a strikeout of Brittany Hile, Jobe ended the game with a long blast over the right-center field fence.
The home runs were the second of the year for both Kocon and Jobe.
Both starting pitchers, Sarah Vertelka for the Jayhawks and Kristin Nottelmann for the Tigers, held their respective opponents scoreless for the first five innings of the game. Vertelka pitched a complete game five-hitter, allowing only one run and striking out four.
The Tigers were able to manufacture a run in the sixth inning when Rhea Taylor scored on a Maria Schweisberger single. Taylor led off the inning with a single, stole second and was able to score on the one-out single.
Game 1 – KU 0, Missouri 8
The Tigers were victorious in the first game of the doubleheader by a score of 8-0.
The Tigers offensive assault included two home runs and three doubles against Kansas starter Val George. The Tigers also took advantage of three Kansas errors to plate three unearned runs.
The Jayhawks offense was led by senior catcher Elle Pottorf who ripped three hits in the game, including a double. Yet, the Jayhawks were unable to cross home plate stranding eight baserunners in the game, including the bases loaded in the fourth inning.
The game was scoreless through three innings before the Tigers plated two runs in the 4th inning to gain a lead they would never relinquish. The Tigers broke the game open with a five-run sixth frame.
The Jayhawks will next be in action March 4 as they travel to Lubbock, Texas to take on Texas Tech at 2 p.m.