Kansas Rallies, Holds Off Softball In 7th For 11-10 Win
Feb. 22, 2013
Corpus Christi, Texas - In the first game of the day, Kansas scored seven runs in the top of the seventh, six runs coming with two outs, to overcome a five-run deficit, and then held off an Auburn rally to claim an 11-10 victory. The teams combined for 21 runs, 33 hits and two errors.
Lexi Davis started, was relieved, came back in and took the loss to fall to 3-2. Davis allowed seven runs, four earned, on 10 hits with two walks and four strikeouts in three innings of work.
Morgan Druhan (1-0) earned the win in relief. Druhan pitched the final two and one-third innings allowing two runs, both earned, on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Brooke Lathan gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead with a one-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. It was Lathan's first home run of the season and it came with Branndi Melero aboard. Melero reached on a one-out single to left. Still in the bottom of the first, Caitlin Jordan reached on a two-out single and was followed by catcher Caitlin Schultze who laced a double to the wall in center. Jordan was able to score on the play as the throw went to second base, giving the Tigers s 3-0 lead.
Kansas rallied to take the lead in the top of the second inning. Consecutive one-out doubles, first by Chaley Brickey and next by Rosie Hull which scored Brickey, made it a 3-1 game. Ashley Newman followed with an infield single to second base which put runners on the corners. After an infield pop-up for the second out, Davis walked Maggie Hull to load the bases. Maddie Stein then laced a single through the left side to score Hull and Newman to tie the game 3-3. Mariah Montgomery followed with a bouncing single up the middle which scored Hull to give the Jayhawks a 4-3 lead.
Melero led off the bottom of the third with a home run over the wall in right to tie the game 4-4. It was Melero's second home run of the season, with her first coming against Kansas on Feb. 16.
Melero gave the Tigers a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the fifth with her second home run of the game. It came on the first pitch of the at-bat and came with Morgan Estell (single) aboard. The home run made her a perfect 6-for-6 in six plate appearances against the Jayhawks this season. It was Melero's first career multi-home run game and the first by a Tiger since Brooke Lathan had two against Georgia State on Feb. 22, 2012.
Still in the fifth, Emily Carosone reached on a two-out double and came in to score on Jordan's double to the wall in left which gave the Tigers a 7-4 lead. After a pitching change, Schultze connected on her first home run of the season, a two-run shot to left-center, to make it a 9-4 game.
The Jayhawks mounted a rally in the top of the seventh. The first three hitters reached on two singles and an error to load the bases. Hull then laced a single up the middle to score Alex Hugo (single) and make it a 9-5 game. Davis then re-entered to pitch and fanned pinch-hitter Taylor Hatfield. Davis then forced Jones into a fielder's choice which forced Chanin Naudin out at home.
On a 2-1 pitch, Hull chopped a single up the middle to plate Brickey (error) and Hull to cut the deficit to 9-7. Maddie Stein then laced a single down the third base line which plated Jones (fielder's choice) to make it a one-run game at 9-8. Montgomery gave Kansas the lead with a single to center which scored Hull and Stein to give Kansas a 10-9 lead. Hugo, who led off the inning, made it 11-9 with a single up the middle that scored Montgomery which capped the KU rally.
In the bottom of the seventh, Schultze led off with a single and was lifted for pinch-runner Baylee Stephens. McKenzie Kilpatrick singled to put runners on second and first with no outs. After Kilpatrick was lifted for pinch-runner Kelsey Bogaards, Druhan got the first out on a fouled bunt attempt with two strikes by Maris Medina. After a wild pitch moved the runners to third and second, Howard singled to center to score Stephens and make it an 11-10 game. Bogaards was thrown out, caught off the bag at second for the second out of the inning. Kansas ended the game when Estell flied out to center for the final out.
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