Hot-Hitting Aggies Rout Jayhawks, 13-0
April 15, 2007
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
No. 5 Texas A&M banged out 16 hits and held Kansas to just one base knock to take a 13-0 victory over the Jayhawks Sunday at Arrocha Ballpark. Eleven Aggies notched hits in the contest to take the Big 12 Conference series sweep and improve to 34-6 overall and 7-3 in league play. KU used three different pitchers in the effort but could not get run support as it moved to 27-16-1 on the season (3-6 Big 12).
The Aggies led 7-0 after six innings but secured the victory with six runs in the top of the seventh frame. Leading the offensive charge was lead-off batter Sharonda McDonald, who was 2-for-3 at the plate with four runs. Also contributing two hits were Megan Gibson, Amanda Scarborough, Jamie Hinshaw and Lisa Gorzycki.
Scarborough (17-4) fell just short of throwing a no-hitter, surrendering the only KU hit of the game to freshman Amanda Jobe in the bottom of the seventh. Scarborough finished with 10 strikeouts and walked none for the compete-game victory.
Senior Kassie Humphreys (13-9) got the starting nod for KU and allowed four hits and four earned runs in the first three innings. Humphreys also walked four and struck out three in the first three frames. Freshman Sarah Vertelka gave up 10 hits (seven earned runs), walked two and fanned one batter in three and one-third inning of relief while sophomore Valerie George allowed two hits, walked one and struck out one in securing the final two outs.
Despite their 16 hits, the Aggies stranded 11 on base and committed two fielding errors. The Jayhawks stranded just three runners and had one error in the loss.
The Jayhawks wrap up their four-game home stand Wednesday with a league doubleheader against Border Showdown rival Missouri. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at Arrocha Ballpark.