Greensboro, N.C. The streak is dead. Long live the streak.
Kansas University’s softball team, which opened the season with a program-best 10 straight victories, suffered its first setback Friday, a 5-4 loss to Minnesota at the Spartan Classic.
Later Friday, the Jayhawks bounced back behind a two-hitter by Allie Clark to rout UNC-Greensboro, 8-3.
Clark (6-1) struck out a season-high six batters and gave up three runs — one earned — over the full seven innings.
Brittany Hile had two home runs for the Jayhawks (11-1), with five RBIs. Marissa Ingle drove in KU’s other three runs on two hits. Junior Liz Kocon and freshman Ashley Newman each had two hits.
Against Minnesota, KU put the go-ahead run on second base in the bottom of the seventh, but stranded her.
The Jayhawks outhit the Golden Gophers, 8-7, but stranded 14 runners.
Trailing 5-4 in the seventh inning, junior Marissa Ingle reached base on an error and then advanced on a single down the left-field line by Hile. Both runners moved up a bag following a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Rosie Hull, but Minnesota forced KU into a groundout and then struck out sophomore Mariah Montgomery to end the game.
Hile and Laura Vickers led Kansas with two hits apiece, while Liz Kocon recorded her fifth home run of the season.
KU will continue play in the Spartan Classic Saturday. The Jayhawks will face Moorehead State at 10 a.m.