Ingle's Home Run Not Enough as Jayhawks Edged Out 4-3
April 22, 2011
AMES, Iowa –
Kansas junior Marissa Ingle hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to knot the score at three runs apiece but Iowa State struck back in the bottom of the frame with a run and held on to edge out the Jayhawks 4-3 on a cold and rainy Friday evening.
The loss dropped KU to 28-20 on the year, including 1-14 in Big 12 Conference play. IowaState evened its overall record to 20-20 and improved to 2-8 in the conference.
As Kansas trailed 3-1 heading into the fifth inning, Ingle launched her sixth round-tripper of the year over the center field fence to plate two runs and knot the score 3-3. KU’s momentum was quickly halted though when ISU regained the lead in the bottom of the frame.
Iowa State’s Amandine Habben hit a bases loaded single to Laura Vickers at first base. Vickers tagged first to get the batter out but her throw home was a split second too late as Erica Miller slid safely into the plate ahead of the tag giving the Cyclones a 4-3 edge.
The Cyclone’s Rachel Zabriskie (13-14) retired six of the last seven Jayhawks en route to her complete game victory.
Senior Allie Clark and freshman Kristin Martinez combined for five strikeouts from Kansas’ pitcher’s circle and allowed nine hits. Martinez tossed the final 3.2 innings and gave up IowaState’s winning run to fall to 12-10 on the year.
Kansas collected six hits in the game and stranded eight runners, including bases loaded in the first and fourth innings but were unable to produce a timely knock.
Mariah Montgomery helped bring in KU’s first run of the game. The sophomore drew a bases loaded walk in the first inning to plate sophomore Alex Jones, who reached earlier in the frame with a bunt to extend a five-game hitting streak.
Iowa State scored its first three runs in the bottom of the third. A throwing error from junior Liz Kocon in right field plated the first runner before a two-run home run from Miller gave the Cyclones their first lead of the game, 3-1.
The series will conclude Saturday with a noon contest.