Two Jayhawks Homer but Kansas Softball Falls 8-5 at Nebraska

April 22, 2010

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Despite home runs from freshman Mariah Montgomery and sophomore Marissa Ingle, the University of Kansas softball team could not hold on to its lead as the Jayhawks fell 8-5 at Nebraska Thursday evening.

With the loss, KU dropped to 18-27 overall and 1-11 in the Big 12 as Nebraska completed the series sweep. The teams played last Wednesday in Lawrence where the Huskers picked up a 2-0 win. NU is now 27-20 on the season and 6-6 in the league.

Kansas led 3-0 after one and a half innings but Nebraska put a run on the board in the bottom of the second inning before putting up four more runs in the third frame to take a 5-3 advantage. The Cornhuskers would not relinquish its lead for the remainder of the contest.

“After being shutout in the first game versus Nebraska (last week), coming out and scoring three runs right away was a great start,” said head coach Megan Smith. “But despite our good start, Nebraska was able to make some good offensive plays. But we fought until the end and never gave up.”

Six different Jayhawks collected a hit in the contest including two-run home runs from Montgomery and Ingle. Montgomery now has four homers on the season while Ingle shares the team lead with six. Four of Ingle’s round-trippers have come in her nine Big 12 appearances.

After Montgomery’s home run in the first inning and freshman Rosie Hull’s RBI base on balls in the second, Nebraska scored seven runs over its next three at bats to lead 7-3.

Ingle added her one-out, two-run homer in the top of the sixth but it was the last hit KU was able to get. The Cornhuskers plated one more run in the bottom of the sixth inning on a solo home run. Kansas’ five runs were its most runs in a Big 12 game this season.

The Jayhawks used junior Allie Clark and senior Sarah Vertelka in the circle but NU combined for 12 hits during the game. Clark gave up five runs in the first two innings to suffer the loss as she evens her record to 7-7 from the circle.

The Jayhawks are back in action this weekend April 24-25 to host Texas Tech at Arrocha Ballpark.