Jayhawks Fall to Nebraska, Travel to Creighton for Doubleheader Thursday

April 14, 2010

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Freshman Maggie Hull went 3-for-3 while freshman Alex Jones added two more hits but it was not enough as the Kansas softball team fell to Nebraska 2-0 Wednesday evening.

The Jayhawks dropped to 17-23 overall and 1-8 in the Big 12 but will have a chance to rebound from the loss Thursday (tomorrow) when they travel to Creighton for a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.

Despite Kansas out-hitting the Cornhuskers 9-7, Nebraska improved to 25-17 with the win, including 4-3 in the conference.

KU’s nine hits were its most in a Big 12 game so far this season but it was the timely hits that eluded the Jayhawks. Kansas stranded 11 base runners in the contest, including a bases loaded situation in the first inning and four more runners in scoring position during the final six frames.

“It’s frustrating that we stranded that many runners,” said head coach Megan Smith. “But I did see some positives. Our pitchers did a really nice job and our defense did a great job as well.”

Jones pitched the first five innings giving up both runs on six hits. Junior Allie Clark came in to throw after back-to-during the next three at-bats to help get KU out of the inning unscathed. She gave up just one hit and a walk in the final frame to keep NU off the board.

In addition to Hull and Jones, four other Jayhawks registered a hit in the game including freshmen Rosie Hull and Mariah Montgomery and seniors Amanda Jobe and Sara Ramirez.

Nebraska left eight runners on base during the contest but was able to plate one run in both the first and third innings. A sacrifice fly scored the Huskers first run in the top of the first frame. In the third, NU’s leadoff batter was hit by a pitch to reach base and then scored on the next play when Nebraska singled down the left field line.