Softball Falls 4-2 in Rain-Altered Game

April 25, 2010

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After inclement weather postponed Kansas’ softball game versus Texas Tech Saturday evening after three and a half innings, the teams concluded the contest Sunday morning where the Red Raiders were able to hold on to win 4-2.

The teams will play the final game of the Big 12 series Sunday (today) at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Before rain struck the Lawrence area Saturday night, TTU led Kansas 4-0. The game was called in the bottom of the fourth inning during KU freshman Rosie Hull’s at bat.

Sunday morning the game picked up where it left off with bases loaded and a 2-2 count on Hull. Hull earned a base on balls to bring home junior Allie Clark and cut the Jayhawks’ deficit to 4-1. Unfortunately, a ground-out ended the inning in the next play to strand three runners on base.

Freshman Mariah Montgomery added a solo home run in the fifth inning to bring Kansas within two. It marked Montgomery’s fifth homer of the season and third round-tripper in the last four games.

Texas Tech held KU to one hit for the remainder of the game to hold off a Kansas comeback.

TTU’s Emily Bledsoe knocked a three-run home run over the fence in right-center field in the first inning to score the Red Raiders’ first runs of the game. Bledsoe ranks second in the Big 12 with 16 homers. Logan Hall then hit an RBI single through the left side in the bottom of the third inning to push Texas Tech’s advantage to four.

Despite the loss, senior pitcher Sarah Vertelka entered the game for starter Alex Jones and threw four innings of one-hit ball for the Jayhawks. Vertelka also struck out five batters as KU fell to 18-28 overall and 1-12 in the Big 12. Texas Tech improved to 34-12 on the season, including 6-8 in conference play.