Seventh Inning Rally Falls Short, No. 21/21 OSU Edges Kansas 3-2
April 9, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. –
Junior Kelsey Alsdorf had a pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the seventh inning followed by an Oklahoma State wild pitch that plated freshman Laura Vickers but it was too little too late as the No. 21/21 Cowgirls edged the University of Kansas softball team 3-2 Saturday afternoon.
Kansas fell to 27-13 with the loss and remains winless in Big 12 Conference play with a 0-9 mark. OSU improved to 31-9 overall, including 2-3 in the league.
Trailing 3-0 heading in the final inning, KU rallied for two runs to come within one of the Cowgirls. Senior Brittany Hile got things started in the seventh inning when she was hit by a pitch for her second-straight at-bat and advanced to second when Vickers earned a base on balls.
With just one out in the inning, Alsdorf came in to pinch hit and proceeded to smack a single to shallow center field to plate Hile and put Vickers in scoring position on third. One out later, OSU pitcher Simone Freeman delivered a wild pitch during senior Allie Clark’s at-bat allowing Vickers to safely slide home. Unfortunately, Clark hit a fly ball back behind the plate that Cowgirl catcher Ashley Boyd was able to grab to end the game.
Alsdorf is now 3-for-8 (.375) as a pinch hitter this season with six RBIs in that role.
Oklahoma State starter Kat Espinosa held the Jayhawks to just two hits during the game as she improved to 16-4 in six and a third innings from the circle.
Sophomore Maggie Hull doubled off the right field wall in the top of the sixth to break up Espinosa’s no-hitter. Hull moved up a spot on the KU single-season record list as her 13 doubles now tie for the eighth-best mark.
Despite only grabbing two hits, Kansas collected three walks and two hit batsmen but stranded four of those base runners, including a runner in scoring position in the fifth and sixth frames.
Kansas freshman pitcher Kristin Martinez suffered the loss after four and one third innings of work to fall to 12-6. She gave up all three OSU runs, which were scored on a pair of home runs in the bottom of the third inning.
KU and OSU will wrap up the conference series Sunday at 1 p.m. in Cowgirl Stadium. A live web stream of the game will be available at www.OKState.tv for a subscription fee.