Jayhawks Tie School Home Run Record in 8-6 Win Over Iowa State
April 23, 2011
AMES, Iowa –
Sophomore Maggie Hull launched her third grand slam of the season over the left field wall to give the University of Kansas softball team a lead it would not relinquish as the Jayhawks defeated Iowa State 8-6 Saturday to split the weekend series with the Cyclones.
Kansas improved to 29-20 overall and 2-14 in the Big 12, while ISU fell to 20-21, including 2-8 in league play.
After Hull’s home run in the top of the fifth inning, her eighth of the year, gave KU a 7-6 edge, freshman Laura Vickers added one more insurance run for the Jayhawks. Vickers hit her fourth round-tripper of the season in the seventh to make the score 8-6.
With the day’s two home runs, the Jayhawks tied the school record for single-season home runs with 54.
In the meantime, senior Allie Clark pitched the last four innings giving up one run on four hits and fanning three batters. She improved to 12-7 from the circle.
Hull led Kansas with three hits during the contest while Vickers and sophomore Mariah Montgomery collected two hits apiece. The Jayhawks out-hit ISU 11-8.
Kansas jumped out to an early lead plating three runs in the first inning as Liz Kocon, Montgomery and Vickers each hit RBI singles.
Iowa State answered with four runs of its own in the bottom of the second with the help of a home run by Tori Torrescano. The Cyclones then expanded its lead to 6-3 in the fourth scoring two more runs on a pair of RBI singles to right field.
Kansas returns to the diamond when it travels to WichitaState on Wednesday, April 27 for a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m.