Longhorns blank Jayhawks, 2-0
LAWRENCE, Kan. – In the nightcap, a pitcher’s duel ensued through five innings before Texas was able to push the go ahead run across and sweep the doubleheader with a 2-0 victory over Kansas on Friday night at Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park.
Both starting pitchers traded zeros on the scoreboard until the fifth frame when Texas (28-20, 6-8 Big 12) was able to end the pitcher’s duel and put a run on the board. Kansas (24-25, 3-11 Big 12) was held scoreless for the second game in a row, but managed to record three hits and three walks.
Junior outfielder Erin McGinley recorded the first hit of the game, an infield single, in the bottom of the first and advanced to second base on a throwing error. McGinley was stranded in scoring position as the opening frame came to a close.Senior Taylor McElhaney
Sophomore hurler Alexis Reid sat down the first six batters she faced in the second game of the doubleheader against Texas. In the top of the third, Texas got two runners on in scoring position, but Reid got of the jam unscathed with a pick off at third base and a strikeout to end the frame.
Kansas left a runner stranded in scoring position in the first and fourth frames. In all, KU left three runners on base through the first four innings of the game.
Texas ended the pitcher’s duel in the fifth and took the lead with a RBI double to left centerfield. Senior outfielder Stephanie Wong gave the Longhorns the lead, 1-0, with her first hit of the game.
Senior Lily Behrmann opened the bottom of the sixth with a base hit up the middle and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt, giving KU a runner in scoring position for the third time in the nightcap. A ground out moved Behrmann 60 feet from home plate, but she would remain on third after a fly out ended the threat.
Texas added to its lead in the top of the seventh with a sacrifice fly to left field. The run increased the Longhorns advantage, 2-0, heading into the bottom half of the frame.
With one out in the home half of the seventh, junior outfielder Mikayla Warren was inches from her second career home run and instead recorded a triple, the third KU three-bagger of the season. Senior infielder Taylor McElhaney reached base with a walk, putting the tying run on base. Despite Kansas having the go ahead run at the plate, the Longhorns fended off the late rally to win the second game of the day, 2-0.
The Jayhawks conclude their series with Texas on Saturday, April 29 at Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park. The game will air on the Jayhawk Radio Network and the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3.
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