Defense Shines But Softball Falls 2-0
May 1, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. –
Junior pitcher Allie Clark limited Oklahoma to just six hits while Kansas softball’s defense stranded 13 Oklahoma runners on base but the Jayhawks’ offense could not hold up its end of the deal as the No. 12/10 Sooners shut out KU 2-0 Saturday at the OU Softball Complex.
With the loss, Kansas dropped to 19-31 overall, including 1-14 in the Big 12. OU improved to 38-10 and 12-3 in Big 12 games.
Despite walking a season-high 10 batters, Clark (8-9) limited the Sooners to six singles in the complete-game outing, while striking out two batters.
Oklahoma scored both of its runs in the bottom of the third inning. The Sooners led off the frame with a walk and a single. One out later, a fielder’s choice to first base scored Amber Flores. A ground out at first base in the next play allowed Jessica Shults to cross home plate.
KU’s defense stranded at least two Sooners in every inning as the Jayhawks came up with key plays with runners in scoring position. In the sixth inning, Kansas left fielder Maggie Hull helped complete a double play when she slid to catch a short fly ball and then made a throw to second base to catch a runner who was too slow to tag up. Senior Amanda Jobe ended the frame with a diving play to save a hit from coasting to right field.
Sophomore Marissa Ingle singled in the second inning for KU’s first hit but was stranded on first base as OU’s Keilani Ricketts struck out the next two Jayhawk batters.
Junior Brittany Hile recorded Kansas’ only other hit in the top of the fourth inning with a two-out double to right-center field. Again, Ricketts fanned the next batter to leave Hile on second.
The only other Jayhawk to reach base was Clark. She was hit by a pitch to lead off the fifth frame and then later earned a base on balls in the bottom of the seventh. She was unable to advance both times on base.
The Jayhawks and Sooners play again on Sunday, May 2 at noon.