KU Goes 2-0 In Day One Of Houston Invitational

Feb. 22, 2008

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HOUSTON, Texas –

Freshman pitcher Allie Clark kept Centenary scoreless through six innings, while Kansas scattered nine hits to score four runs over Centenary Friday afternoon in KU’s second game of the Houston Invitational.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

The Jayhawks improve their overall record to 10-3 with their 4-0 shutout as Centenary falls to 2-11.

Senior Addy Lucero got the <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas offense started by putting KU on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning with a sacrifice fly, the first RBI of her career.

Kansas added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth when senior Betsy Wilson, who was pitch running for Lucero, moved over to second on a single by junior Dougie McCaulley and then advanced two more bases on a pair of wild pitches by Centenary’s pitcher. McCaulley crossed home plate as KU’s next batter, junior Val Chapple, hit a hard single to the shortstop.

Junior Stevie Crisosto gave the Jayhawks their final run of the contest when she connected for a single to center field in the sixth inning, bringing Liz Kocon home.

McCaulley led KU with a pair of hits, while freshman Brittany Hile and Kocon both hit for extra bases, each tallying their third doubles of the year.

Clark, who improves to 3-1, limited Centenary to just one hit through the first five innings of the contest. Junior Val George threw the final inning in relief, striking out three straight Centenary batters to end the game.

“We made aggressiveness at the plate a focal point for this weekend,” said head coach Tracy Bunge. “I think the team did a great job of putting the ball into play today. We have more players who are starting to see the ball better who struggled a little bit earlier this season. Offensively, we did some better things today.”

“We also had another good day from Val George and our pitching has continued to do a good job,” added Bunge.

Kansas returns to the diamond tomorrow when they take on Boston and Houston at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively. Live stats available at http://uhcougars.cstv.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/marriott-hou-classic-08.html.