Seventh Inning Rally Comes Up Short as Kansas Falls to No. 21/22 Texas A&M
April 30, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Senior Allie Clark struck out a season-high eight batters but it was not enough as No. 21/22 Texas A&M hung on to win 3-2 Saturday on Senior Day. Kansas rallied for a run in the bottom of the seventh inning and put the winning run on base but could not find a timely hit.
With the loss, Kansas fell to 31-21 on the season and 2-15 in Big 12 play. Texas A&M improved to 35-13 and 7-5 in the league.
The Aggies drew first blood in the top of the second inning when Nicole Morgan led off the inning with a solo home run. After Morgan’s home run, the Aggies proceeded to load the bases with no outs. Clark pitched her way out of the jam by striking out two of three batters to keep the score at 1-0.
In the bottom of the third, sophomore Maggie Hull hit a two-out solo home run to tie the game. It was her ninth home run of the season and also produced her 48th RBI, the second-most RBIs ever recorded in a single season by a Kansas player.
Texas A&M put another run on the board in the top of the fifth when Kelsey Spittler drove in Meagan May on a two-out single to take a 2-1 lead. The next inning, the Aggies added another tally when Rhiannon Kliesing hit a two-out single to drive in Natalie Villarreal to extend their advantage to 3-1.
Kansas made things interesting in the bottom of the seventh inning as Hull recorded another key hit and her 49th RBI on the season when she singled to right field and drove in Laura Vickers to bring the Jayhawks within one. Despite having two runners on base with one out, Kansas was unable to bring another run home, popping out and striking out in its last two at-bats, ending the game in a 3-2 loss.
Clark, who allowed seven hits in the game, pitched her ninth complete game of the season and dropped to 13-8.
After the contest, KU honored Clark along with senior Brittany Hile for their dedication and hard work over the past four seasons.
Kansas will close out its conference season Sunday as the Jayhawks and Aggies wrap up their series at noon. It is also Bark in the Park and fans are allowed to bring their dogs to the game with a donation to the Lawrence Humane Society.