Softball Falls To No. 16/20 Houston, 7-3

Feb. 23, 2008

Box Score

HOUSTON, Texas –

Despite home runs from sophomore Sara Ramirez and freshman Brittany Hile, a balanced offensive attack from <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Houston lifted the No. 16/20 Cougars to a 7-3 victory, handing the Kansas softball team its first loss of the Houston Invitational.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Kansas is now 11-4 on the season and 3-1 during the tournament. Houston improves to 12-0 and an undefeated 4-0 for the weekend.

Houston pitcher Angel Shamblin, 6-0, limited Kansas to five hits during the contest, including Hile’s and Ramirez’ homers in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, to prevent the shutout. KU stranded four runners throughout the contest, including two in the third inning.

Houston on the other hand used a balanced attack of 10 hits from seven different players, including three homeruns, to scatter seven runs during the game.

In addition to Kansas’ home runs, giving KU four on the day and five for the weekend so far, sophomore Amanda Jobe tallied a single to left field in the top of the third, extending her hitting streak to a team-high 10 games. Junior Dougie McCaulley hit her fourth hit in four games against the Cougars, while freshman Liz Kocon also recorded a hit for the Jayhawks, her third of the weekend.

Sarah Vertelka suffered her second loss from pitcher’s circle and is 4-2 on the season.

The Jayhawks wrap up the Houston Invitational Sunday morning with a 11 a.m. contest with Big West foe Cal State Northridge. Live stats available at