KU Softball Edged 4-3 In Regular-Season Finale

May 8, 2010

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Senior Sarah Ramirez went 3-for-3 in her final appearance at Arrocha Ballpark but the Kansas softball team fell 4-3 in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader despite shutting out Iowa State 3-0 in game one.

At 21-34 overall and 2-16 in the Big 12, the Jayhawks are done with regular-season play and will now prepare for the Big 12 Softball Championship, which runs next weekend, May 14-16, in Oklahoma City.

ISU improved its record to 26-28 with Saturday’s split, including 4-14 in the league.

The Jayhawks fell behind 2-0 after a pair of Cyclone home runs during the first two innings and never recovered.

Trailing 4-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, senior Amanda Jobe led off the frame with a double off the left-centerfield wall. Ramirez followed with a double of her own on a rocket down the right field line to plate Alicia Irwin, who was pinch running for Jobe, and cut KU’s deficit to one. A ground out advanced Ramirez to third but Kansas could not generate the offense it needed to bring her home.

KU put the tying run on base again in the seventh after sophomore Marissa Ingle reached base on a walk, but the Jayhawks could not find a way to score. Kansas stranded nine base runners during the game and matched the Cyclones’ eight hits.

Freshman Rosie Hull batted in Kansas’ first run of the game in the bottom of the third inning with a single through the left side. The hit drove in freshman Alex Jones to cut ISU’s lead to 2-1. Unfortunately the Cyclones were able to add another tally to the scoreboard in their following at bat. KU made a throw down to second base to catch a runner stealing but as the ball bounced passed second base and into the outfield, the runner on third was able to cross home plate.

Ramirez plated the Jayhawks’ second run in the bottom of the fourth inning with her first of two doubles during the game.

Junior pitcher Allie Clark threw the first five innings for KU to give up all four ISU runs before senior Sarah Vertelka entered the game during the sixth inning. She fanned three batters and allowed three hits in her three frames of relief.

Ramirez, Jobe, Irwin, Vertelka and Ally Stanton all played their final home games in the Crimson and Blue and were honored following the day’s games.