Clark's Home Run Lifts Kansas Over Creighton, 6-5
April 15, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. –
Facing a 5-4 deficit heading into the final inning, Kansas junior Allie Clark hit a two-run home run to lift the Jayhawks to a 6-5 victory over Creighton in Thursday’s nightcap.
Just before the homer, Clark doubled down the left field line to score freshman Julie Jenkins but the call was reversed to a foul ball sending Clark back to the plate. She took advantage of the call two pitches later as she connected for her sixth home run of the season.
The Jayhawks improved their record to 18-24 after bouncing back from an 8-0 loss in game one of the doubleheader. CU fell to 20-18 overall.
“We were very flat in the first game,” said KU head coach Megan Smith. “I challenged the team to play with intensity and heart and they certainly did that in game two.”
Clark went 3-for-4 during the game and was a triple shy of hitting through the cycle. Freshmen Mariah Montgomery and Maggie Hull and senior Amanda Jobe added two hits a piece as the Jayhawks out-hit Creighton 11-4 during the game.
Clark also pitched the final three innings to record the win. She entered the game for freshmen starter Alex Jones and allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out two batters as she improved to 7-5 from the circle.
The Jayhawks got on the scoreboard first scoring their first run in the doubleheader in the top of the third inning. Jones reached first base on a fielder’s choice. One out later she scored on Montgomery’s double to deep left field. Montgomery was robbed of a home run as Creighton’s left fielder reached over the fence for the ball and was able to get a glove on it and bring the ball back inside the park, turning the hit into a double.
Creighton responded immediately with four runs in the bottom of the inning. CU’s Renae Sinkler hit a bases loaded home run, her 15th round-tripper of the season. The Bluejays tacked on one last run in the fourth frame off an RBI triple.
Kansas chipped away at its deficit plating two runs in the fifth inning on an RBI double from Rosie Hull followed by a triple from Montgomery, which plated Hull.
Jones was able to engineer KU’s fourth run in the bottom of the sixth frame hitting a grounder to the shortstop to score Clark.
“We got some clutch hits when we needed to,” said Smith. “I was really proud of the way we played in game two and I hope we can continue that into the weekend.”
Kansas will have just one day to prepare for a two-game series with No. 9/9 Oklahoma State this weekend, April 17-18 at Arrocha Ballpark.