Vertelka Helps Kansas Top ILS But Chapple's Home Run Not Enough To Overcome UCF

Feb. 9, 2008

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<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>ORLANDO, Fla. – Despite a two-run home run by junior Val Chapple, the Kansas Jayhawks could not overcome the UCF Knights as they fell 5-2 in KU’s final game of the day and halted a Jayhawk three-game winning streak during the UCF Invitational.

Kansas dropped to 3-1 with the loss as UCF improved to 2-1.

Chapple’s homer, the first KU home run of 2008, came with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and prevented a UCF shutout. The Jayhawks’ starting third baseman currently has four RBIs in four games.

After connecting for 20 hits through the first three games of the tournament, Kansas struggled to keeps its offense going as it had just four hits against the Knights. The Knights’ pitcher Allison Kime struck out seven Jayhawks and threw a complete game for UCF.

In addition to Chapple’s home run, sophomore Amanda Jobe had a pair of hits, while Ally Stanton also had a hit, her first of the season.

After scoring a run in the second inning, UCF pulled away from the Jayhawks with four runs off three hits in the bottom of the fifth.

Freshman Allison Clark suffered the loss and is 1-1 from the circle this season. Junior Val George again pitched an inning of relief to close out the game.

Kansas will go up against Illinois State Sunday at noon (CST) with the winner advancing on to play No. 1 seed UCF in the title game at 2 p.m. (CST). Live stats for the contest will be available at

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Vertelka Helps Kansas Extend Win Streak To Three


Sophomore hurler Sarah Vertelka shutout IllinoisState to help Kansas softball extend its win streak to three. The Jayhawks tallied six runs off eight hits for a 6-0 victory over the Redbirds during day two of the UCF Invitational.

Vertelka notched her second win in as many days going six solid innings for the Jayhawks. The right handed hurler allowed just four hits while striking out four. Junior Val George pitched the final inning in relief striking out three consecutive batters after allowing a pair of walks.

Kansas had eight total hits against three IllinoisState pitchers. Junior Val Chapple and freshman Liz Kocon each tallied a pair of RBIs in the contest, while Chapple had three hits in four at bats on the day. Freshman Brittany Hile added two hits of her own, while Elle Pottorf, Dougie McCaulley and Stevie Crisosto all recorded a hit in the game.

Kansas tallied its first run of the contest in the third inning thanks to a lot of patience from the batter’s box. Chapple got things started with a single through the left side with two outs and was brought home on three straight walks by Illinois State pitcher Amber Smith.

The Jayhawks extended their lead to four with a trio of runs in the top of the fourth. Hile and Chapple recorded back-to-back doubles to tally one and two RBIs, respectively.

Still not satisfied with a 4-0 lead, KU added two more runs in the final inning. Hile hit her second double of the day and seventh hit of the weekend deep into center field. Next, Chapple lined a single up the middle to bring Hile across home plate. Freshman Liz Kocon notched her first collegiate RBI when she brought Chapple in on a double to right field.