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Friday, March 18, 2011Whitney Kiihnl struck out 14 Jayhawk batters in a complete game performance but it wasn’t enough as Lipscomb’s run in the fourth inning was all they got as Kansas slipped past the Lady Bisons, 2-1 Friday in the first game of the Chanticleer Classic in Conway, S.C.
The game remained scoreless through the first three innings as both pitchers retired the side in order in each of the first three frames.
Kansas (22-3) scored two runs on two hits in the top of the fourth to take a two run lead.
The Lady Bisons (9-9) cut into the Jayhawk lead in the bottom of the fourth when Mollie Mitchell singled up the middle to score Mackenzie Tucker, who led off the inning with a double to left.
Lipscomb recorded three of their four hits on the day in the fourth inning and had a chance to tie the game after Vanessa Medina singled to put runners on first and second with one out before KU’s pitcher, Kristin Martinez retired the next to hitters.
With the Lady Bisons trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh, Medina gave the Lady Bisons some hope when she led-off the inning with a single down the right-field line and then advanced to second on a Kansas throwing error on a sacrifice bunt by Mason.
Following another sacrifice bunt, the Lady Bisons were in excellent position to win the game with runners on second and third with one out but Martinez got Renà Cothron to strikeout and Kiihnl to pop out to end the game.
Kiihnl (8-5, 0.77 ERA) has now recorded four straight starts with at least 10 strikeouts. In her last four outings on the rubber, she has 55 strikeouts in 28 innings. The junior righthander leads the Atlantic Sun Conference in ERA and opponents batting average.
The Lady Bisons will play Georgia Tech in their second game of the Chanticleer Classic today, starting at 1:30 CT.