College Station, Texas Kansas University senior Liz Kocon blasted a three-run home run in the Jayhawks’ 4-3 loss to No. 18-ranked Texas A&M; on Saturday at the Aggies’ field.
The Jayhawks fell to 31-19 overall and 6-16 in the Big 12; A&M; improved to 35-16, 15-8.
Lawrence junior left fielder Maggie Hull scored on Kocon’s homer, tying her for the most runs scored in a season at KU (46, Rose Rader, 1980). The junior captain had two hits in four at-bats and moved into seventh in single-season hits (67) at KU.
Maddie Stein and Lexi Bryant also had two hits for KU.
“I think as a coach, you walk away saying that was a great game no matter which team you’re on,” coach Megan Smith said. “We just have to get more than that one clutch hit. Liz stepped up and gave us a big one, and we had several key hits today, but not enough with runners in scoring position. That was our downfall. I thought both of our pitchers (Alicia Pille, Kristin Martinez) threw extremely well. We ask them to go out there and keep us in the game and they did that for us today.”
Kocon’s home run moved her into sole possession of second in career homers at KU (32). She passed Destiny Frankenstein.
Junior catcher Megan May hit the game-tying two-run shot with two outs in the bottom of the fourth, while Mel Dumezich’s solo shot in the fifth stood as the game winner.
The two teams play again at 11 a.m. today.