KU Softball Loses Seventh Inning Lead at No. 21/21 Oklahoma State
April 10, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. –
With Kansas leading 3-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, No. 21/21 OklahomaState plated two runs on a pair of hits in its final at-bat to sneak by KU softball 4-3 Sunday.
KU fell 3-2 to the Cowgirls a day earlier and dropped to 27-14 overall, including 0-10 in the Big 12. OSU improved to 32-9 and 3-3 in the conference after the series sweep.
With the score knotted at 2-2 after five full innings, junior Liz Kocon came through with an RBI double to left-center field to bring around sophomore Maggie Hull, who scored for the second-straight inning, and give KU a 3-2 edge.
The lead held until the bottom of the seventh inning, when the Cowgirls’ Alysia Hamilton led off the frame with a single into right field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Chelsea Garcia’s double into right plated Hamilton to tie the score 3-3.
The following batter, Tamara Brown, hit a long fly ball to right field where Kocon made the catch. Garcia tagged up and went to third but didn’t stop there as she continued home. As the ball made its way from the outfield to Hile at home plate, Garcia slid home and kicked the ball out of Hile’s glove to give OklahomaState the 4-3 win.
Kocon led KU with two hits while seven different Jayhawks combined to match OSU with eight hits on the day.
Freshman pitcher Kristin Martinez came into the circle in the fifth inning for starter Allie Clark but gave up OSU’s last two runs to suffer the loss as she dropped to 12-7 overall.
OSU struck first during the game scoring two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth on a pair of hits and a Kansas error.
In the fifth inning, junior Kelsey Alsdorf was responsible for two Kansas runs delivering an RBI pinch hit for the second day in a row.
Hull walked to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning and Hile was then hit by a pitch in her third-straight at-bat and fifth time this weekend. Two outs later, freshman Laura Vickers earned a base on balls to load the bases as Alsdorf came in to pinch hit. Alsdorf hit a line drive hard up the middle to score Hull and Hile was able to score during the throw back to the plate as the Jayhawks tied up the game, 2-2.
Alsdorf now has seven RBIs as a pinch hitter this season and is 4-for-9 (.444) in that role.
Kansas continues its road swing when it travels to Texas Tech for a mid-week conference matchup on Wednesday, April 13 for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.