Hot-Hitting No. 21/22 Aggies Down Jayhawk Softball

May 1, 2011

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Dozens of four-legged friends big and small were on hand to watch the Jayhawks take on the No. 21/22 Texas A&M Aggies in Bark in the Park day at Arrocha Ballpark. Unfortunately, the Texas A&M bats came alive in a 13-run explosion as the Aggies defeated Kansas softball 13-0 in KU’s final Big 12 Conference game of the season.

With the loss, Kansas dropped to 31-22 on the season and 2-16 in Big 12 play. TAMU improved to 36-13 and 8-5 in league play.

A&M’s Mel Dumezich got the Aggies started in the top of the second inning with a three-run homer to left field, the first of four TAMU home runs during the game. The Aggies continued their hot hitting in the third with a six-run inning, including a grand slam by Amber Garza to right field.

The Texas A&M scoring continued in the fourth inning when Kelsey Splitter cracked a three-run homer to right, putting the Aggies up 12-0. The Aggies added another run in the fifth to put the Jayhawks away for good, 13-0.

For the Jayhawks, starting pitcher Allie Clark pitched three innings and struck out four, but gave up six earned runs and was saddled with the loss, pushing her record to 13-9. A day earlier, Clark fanned a season-high eight batters in the team’s 3-2 loss to the Aggies.

Dumezich not only hurt Kansas with her bat, but also shut out the Jayhawks from the circle. Dumezich pitched a complete game, allowing only three hits and striking out five.

Kansas managed two of its three hits in the second inning as Marissa Ingle and Laura Vickers each singled to reach base. Brittany Hile had the Jayhawks’ only other hit in the contest, a double to left-center field during the fourth frame.

The Jayhawks will be back in action on Thursday, May 5 for a doubleheader against the Drake Bulldogs. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.