Kansas' Big Inning Trumps No. 25 Texas Tech|
April 13, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Kansas scored seven runs in the sixth inning to overcome an early Texas Tech lead as the Jayhawks took the first game of a doubleheader against the 25th-ranked Red Raiders, 9-5, Wednesday afternoon at Rocky Johnson Field.
The Red Raiders, who were previously 19-0 this season when leading after five innings, dropped to 38-7 and 3-6 in Big 12 play with the loss. Kansas improved to 28-14 and 1-10 in conference heading into the series finale.
Tech jumped on a Kansas miscue in the first as Emily Bledsoe came across to score the game's first run off an Ashley Hamada bunt attempt that was thrown into right field by Marissa Ingle. Sandy James, Cydney Allen, and Logan Hall all added consecutive RBI singles to keep the Tech offense going in the inning.
The Jayhawks answered with two runs of their own in the second off back-to-back home runs from Mariah Montgomery and Ingle.
Tech, meanwhile, turned cold at the plate until James drove in her second run of the game with a RBI double to the gap in right. The Red Raiders could not continue the offense, though, as they left two runners stranded only one inning after leaving the bases loaded.
Tech ended the game with 11 runners left on base, surpassing the previous season high of 10.
Laura Vickers began the Kansas rally in the sixth with a two-run double just over the glove of Mikey Kenney in center. Brittany Hile and Liz Kocon kept the Jayhawks' rally going later in the inning, smashing back-to-back home runs with two outs in the inning.
Kermitria Ward (5-2), Tech's third pitcher in the game, earned the loss after surrendering four runs in just two-thirds of an inning. Kelsey Dennis earned the start but only lasted three innings after giving up two runs off three hits.
Alex Jones (5-0) picked up the win for Kansas as she pitched three shutout innings of relief to close the game.