KU Splits In Day Three of Classic

Feb. 10, 2007

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. –

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KU 3, SDSU 2

Sophomore Elle Pottorf went 3-for-3 against the Aztecs, including a double and two-RBI single in the bottom of the fifth to secure the win. Senior Kassie Humphreys (2-0) allowed seven hits, struck out four and walked two in seven innings for the complete-game victory.

Senior Nicole Washburn and sophomore Stevie Crisosto added two hits apiece in the win. The Jayhawks totaled 12 hits and were errorless in the field against SDSU.

KU had seven hits and stranded six on base in the first four innings, but was able to score three runs on three hits in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, freshman Sara Ramirez singled up the middle and Crisosto notched a base hit to right. Freshman Amanda Jobe reached on an error and with bases loaded and two outs, Pottorf singled to score two runs. Jobe slid into home head-first for what would later be the winning run while SDSU attempted to tag out Pottorf at second.

The Aztecs threatened with two runs in the top of the seventh. With one out, Humphreys gave up three consecutive hits but was able to ground out the next batter. Tamai Wells singled to left, but a bullet from freshman Ally Stanton from the outfield to home prevented the tying run from scoring.

Melissa Owens (0-2) took the loss for SDSU, surrendering nine hits (two runs) and striking out seven in four-and-one-third innings. Christina Ross, a former Jayhawk, allowed three hits (one run) and struck out two in one-and-two-thirds innings of relief for SDSU. All three of KU’s runs were unearned.

#6 OregonState 7, KU 0

KU-OSU Box Score

Sophomore Dougie McCaulley and Stanton each totaled two hits against the Beavers. Crisosto and Pottorf each added a base hit to bring the Jayhawks’ total to six in the first game.

OSU scored its seven runs off eight hits and four KU errors. The Jayhawks committed an error in each of the first four innings but remained solid through the final three frames. Both teams left eight runners on base through seven innings.

KU freshman Sarah Vertelka (0-1) got her first start in the circle and allowed five hits through four-and-one-third innings. Vertelka walked three and was charged with three earned runs in the loss. Sophomore Val George gave up three hits, struck out two and walked one in two-and-two-thirds innings.

OSU scored three runs in the top of the third off three hits and an error. With two runners in scoring position and two outs, DeAnn Young singled down the right line to score two and Brianne McGowan doubled to right center to bring her in. McCaulley hauled in one of her two solid catches in right to end the inning. The Beavers would add to their lead with four runs off four hits in the next two innings.

McGowan (1-1), the 2006 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, gave up four hits, walked two and fanned two batters in four innings for the win. Ta’Tyana McElroy allowed two hits, walked one and struck out three Jayhawks in three frames for her first save of the season.

KU wraps up tournament play Sunday morning against No. 23/24 UMass at 11 a.m. Central.

2007 Softball season tickets are on sale now. Adult season tickets are $40, youth and senior citizen tickets are $20, and University of Kansas faculty and staff tickets are $32. To purchase your season tickets call the KU Ticket Office at 800-34-HAWKS or log on to kuathletics.com.