Kansas Softball Drops Doubleheader with Tulsa

April 20, 2011

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

Liz Kocon’s 12th home run of the season in game two of a softball doubleheader against Tulsa provided the only runs for the Kansas offense as the Jayhawks dropped both games of the twinbill to the Golden Hurricane, 3-0 and 4-2.

Kansas dropped to 28-19 on the season with the losses, while Tulsa improved to 35-11 with the Wednesday sweep.

Eight Jayhawks combined for 11 hits between the two games but Tulsa’s pitchers combined for 20 strikeouts on the day, including 12 from Aimee Creger in her complete game victory during the nightcap.

Kansas will travel to Ames, Iowa, this week, April 22-23, for a Friday-Saturday series against the Iowa State Cyclones.

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Game 1: Tulsa 3, Kansas 0

Senior pitcher Allie Clark allowed only one earned run in five and a third innings, while sophomore Mariah Montgomery posted two hits, but Kansas dropped game one of a Wednesday doubleheader to Tulsa, 3-0.

Kansas stranded nine runners, including the bases loaded once. The Jayhawks also committed two errors defensively, which allowed the Golden Hurricane to score two unearned runs in the contest.

Lacey Middlebrooks pitched the first four innings for Tulsa, striking out three and surrendering three hits. Jordan Kinard completed the combined five-hitter by striking out five batters in three innings and only allowing one Jayhawk to reach second base.

Kansas fell to 28-18 for the season. Tulsa improved to 34-11 with the victory.

Tulsa took the lead in the second inning on a single by Kelly Chapman. Lauren Menke, advancing from second base, initially held at third, but then scored when sophomore Maggie Hull bobbled the ball in the outfield.

Trailing 1-0, Kansas threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the third inning. Freshman Kendra Cullum led off the inning with a walk, while freshman Ashley Newman followed with a single. Hull then grounded into a fielder’s choice, but everybody advanced safely to load the bases with nobody out. However, the Jayhawks could not plate a run, grounding into three consecutive fielders’ choices to end the frame.

After Tulsa extended its lead to 3-0 with a two-run single by Chapman in the top of the sixth inning, Kansas tried to mount a comeback. Junior Liz Kocon earned a walk to begin the inning, while Montgomery’s single gave KU runners on first and second with no outs. Tulsa’s Kinard retired the next three Jayhawk hitters, including two by strikeout to escape the inning.

Samantha Cobb led Tulsa’s offensive attack with three hits, while Chapman was a perfect 2-for-2, including a walk and both of the Golden Hurricane’s RBIs.

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Game 2: Tulsa 4, Kansas 0

Liz Kocon belted her 12th home run of the season to right field in the sixth inning to give Kansas its first two runs of the day, cutting the Jayhawk deficit in half, 4-2. However, those were the only runs KU could plate, as Aimee Creger struck out 12 Kansas hitters in a complete game to complete the doubleheader sweep for Tulsa. Creger improved to 17-2 for the season.

Tulsa scored two runs in each the fourth and fifth innings to take a 4-0 lead over the Jayhawks. Creger drove home the first Golden Hurricane run on an RBI double to score Samantha Cobb. On the next batter, Creger scored on an RBI single by Lacey Middlebrooks.

In the fifth inning, Tulsa added to its lead with an RBI double by Cobb to plate Caitlin Everett from first base. Cobb scored later in the frame on a single by Creger to right field.

Kansas responded in the bottom half of the fifth with its only two runs of the day. With two outs, Brittany Hile singled to left field in front of Kocon, who then hit a two-run bomb to right field for her 12th homer of the season. Kocon’s 12 home runs for the season are tied for the fourth-most in a single season by a Jayhawk.

Alex Jones suffered the loss for Kansas after allowing two earned runs in three and one third innings on three hits and a walk.