Cardinals Bounce Back to Take Game Three in Kansas Fall World Series Finale

Oct. 29, 2011

LAWRENCE, Kan. – A monster day from junior shortstop Mariah Montgomery fueled the Cardinals to victory in the final game of the University of Kansas softball team’s fall World Series.

Down two games to none, the Cardinals faced a must-win situation against the Rangers and received clutch performances from Jayhawk veterans and rookies to fend off a Ranger comeback and take game three, 7-4.

Montgomery was named the series offensive MVP, finishing 8-for-16 with eight RBI, two doubles and a homerun. Freshman pitcher Alicia Pille picked up the defensive MVP award, notching both wins in the circle for the Rangers. Pille struck out seven in as many innings in her two wins, while only giving up one earned run.

Montgomery led off the third with a homerun to start the scoring. The Cardinals would tack on three more behind a two-run single from Montgomery and an RBI single from freshman Maddie Stein. The Cardinals expanded their lead to 6-0 in the top of the fourth with back to back RBI doubles from Montgomery and senior Marissa Ingle.

Freshman catcher Lexi Bryant knocked in sophomore outfielder Elsa Moyer in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead into the Cardinals’ lead, 6-1.

The Cards again responded quickly, as they padded their lead in the top of the sixth on an run-scoring single from freshman outfielder Cassen Salamone.

The Rangers made the game interesting adding one in the bottom of the sixth and scoring two in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run bomb from Maggie Hull. The Cardinals had all three of their pitchers throw at least two innings, with freshman Emily Stokes picking up the win.

Montgomery led the Cardinals, going 4-for-6 with four RBI and three runs scored. Maggie Hull and sophomore Ashley Newman led the Rangers, with Hull going 3-for-5 with two RBI and a homerun, while Newman went 3-for-6 with two runs scored.