Kansas Run Rules Cal State Northridge, 10-2
Feb. 24, 2008
HOUSTON, Texas –
There are seven innings in a college softball game but the University of Kansas only needed one as the Jayhawks rallied for nine runs on eight hits in the opening stanza en route to a 10-2 beating over Cal State Northridge in the team’s final game of the Houston Invitational.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
With the win, <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas improves to 12-4 overall and 4-1 on the weekend. Cal State Northridge drops to 5-10 and 2-3 during the tournament.
Seven Jayhawks collected 11 hits in the game. Seniors Betsy Wilson and Addy Lucero and juniors Dougie McCaulley and Val Chapple led KU with two hits a piece. Wilson and McCaulley added a pair of RBIs, while Lucero, Chapple, junior Stevie Crisosto and freshman Liz Kocon also batted in an RBI each.
Kansas sent 15 batters to the plate in its first at-bat, eight of them collecting at least one hit, while Northridge tried three different pitchers. McCaulley and Wilson each had a single and a double in two at-bats and five Jayhawks tallied RBIs to help KU jump to a commanding 9-0 lead after one full inning.
Cal State Northridge was able to put two runs on the scoreboard but KU scored its 10th run in the top of the third to run-rule the Matadors in a shortened five-inning game.
Junior Val George records the win throwing three complete innings in the shortened contest and improves to 5-1 from the circle.
Kansas participates in its final road tournament of the season next weekend in the Southern Illinois Invitational. Kansas will face Northwestern and Southern Illinois Saturday then take on Western Illinois and Bradley the following day.