Jayhawks Defeated in Second Game of Frost Classic
Feb. 26, 2010
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -
Five different Jayhawks reached base at least once but the Kansas softball could not come up with a timely hit as it dropped its second game of the Frost Classic 6-0 to host Chattanooga Friday evening.
The Jayhawks, who lost to Kentucky 7-2 earlier in the day, dropped to 5-7 on the season. Chattanooga won its ninth-straight game to improve its record to 10-2.
Kansas senior Sarah Vertelka came in to toss three and two thirds innings of quality pitching allowing just three hits and one run, but the damage was already done. The Mocs took a 5-0 lead from five hits off KU starting freshman Alex Jones before Vertelka entered the game in relief.
Kansas scattered five hits throughout the contest but stranded all five hitters along with one hit batter that reached base (Allie Clark). Jones finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate while juniors Brittany Hile and Clark and freshman Maggie Hull each had a hit as well. Hull’s single in the fifth inning extended a four-game hit streak for the outfielder.
In the fourth inning, the Jayhawks looked as though they could put some runs on the board. Clark led off the frame with a double in to the right center gap and Hile followed with a single up the middle but UTC retired the next three batters with two fly outs and a strikeout to end the threat.
Chattanooga recorded all eight of its hits in just three innings. The Mocs opened the game with three hits in the first inning and scored three times. UTC then added three more runs in the third off four hits to extend its lead to 6-0.
Kansas continues the UTC Frost Classic Inspired by Memorial Saturday (tomorrow) with games versus Tennessee Tech and Lipscomb at 11:30 a.m. CT and 4:30 p.m. CT, respectively. As always, live stats are available at www.KUAthletics.com/softball.