Jayhawks drop extra-inning contest to Duke

DURHAM, N.C. – In their first extra-inning contest of the season, Kansas (3-13) fell to tournament host Duke (7-11) 8-6 in nine innings at the Duke Softball Field.
Down to its last three outs and down two runs to the Blue Devils in the top of the seventh, sophomore catcher Shelby Gayre responded for the Jayhawks. Gayre launched a home run over the left field wall, adding three runs and giving Kansas the 6-5 advantage.
Duke did not back down and added the game tying run to notch the game at 6-6 in their half of the inning. 
After a scoreless eighth inning by both squads, Macy Omli was placed on second to start the ninth inning. Gayre again responded and plated Omli on a single to right field.
In the Blue Devil’s half of the inning, Duke had runners positioned on second and third with two outs. A ball rocketed towards first base and ricocheted off of Becki Monaghan’s glove, who attempted to keep the ball in front of herself to stop the runners from advancing.
Despite Monaghan’s extraordinary effort stopping the ball and a throw that nearly caught the second runner at the plate, the Blue Devil secured the 8-6 victory over Kansas.
Brynn Minor earned the loss despite pitching five innings and allowing only two earned runs.

  • Gayre’s home run tied Becki Monaghan and Sydnee Ramsey as team leaders in home runs (2).
  • Gayre notched a career-high five RBI against Duke and has a team-leading 11 RBI on the season.  
  • The nine-inning game between the Jayhawks and Blue Devils is the first time this season that KU has played an extra-inning contest.

Kansas concludes both the NC State Invitational and Duke Invitational tomorrow, splitting time between the two venues. The Jayhawks play Campbell at 8 a.m. (CT) in Raleigh, North Carolina before traveling to Durham to play Charleston Southern at 12 p.m. (CT).

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