Big Inning Dooms Kansas Softball in Nightcap

April 7, 2010

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Despite home runs from senior Amanda Jobe and freshman Mariah Montgomery, the University of Kansas softball team fell 10-2 to No. 7/8 Missouri in the nightcap of Wednesday’s doubleheader.

The Jayhawks lost 5-4 on a walk-off home run in game and dropped to 16-21 overall with the second game loss, including 0-6 in the Big 12. MU improved to 27-6 on the season and 3-3 in the Big 12.

Kansas was first to score again as Montgomery smashed her second career home run over the left field fence in the first inning on two outs.

After the Tigers knotted the score in the bottom of third inning, Jobe put KU back on top with a solo shot to left field. It marked her third home run of the season and 20th of her career as she currently ranks sixth all-time at KU in career home runs.

In the bottom of the frame however, Missouri rallied for six runs on three hits despite the inning being temporarily delayed due to rain. MU was able to tack on three more tallies in the bottom of the sixth inning off three hits and a walk to end the contest at 10-2.

Jobe finished with two of the team’s four hits. Freshman Alex Jones also recorded a hit in the game.

Junior Allie Clark threw the first three and 1/3 innings for Kansas and struck out seven batters to tie a career best. She also allowed seven runs, five earned, on five hits. Senior Sarah Vertelka came in to pitch the final two innings following the rain delay.

Only six of MU’s 10 runs in the game were earned as the Jayhawks committed three errors.

Kansas continues its road swing this weekend, April 10-11, when the team travels to Baylor for a two-game series.