Vertelka Tosses One-Hitter as Jayhawks Shut Out Austin Peay, 9-0

Feb. 28, 2010

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Senior pitcher Sarah Vertelka limited Austin Peay to one hit while the Kansas offense produced nine runs on 10 hits as the Jayhawk softball team shut out APSU 9-0 in five innings to wrap up play in the UTC Frost Classic.

KU finished the weekend 2-3 and improved to 7-8 overall on the season. The Lady Govs dropped to 3-9.

Vertelka held Austin Peay hitless through three and two thirds innings before Tiffany Smith hit a two-out double in the bottom of the fourth. Smith also earned a base on balls in the second frame, the only other time a Lady Govs batter reached base. Vertelka improved to 3-4 from the circle and notched a season-high five strikeouts.

Four different Jayhawks collected multiple hits in the contest, including a 3-for-4 performance from freshman Maggie Hull.

Kansas scored all nine of its runs in the first three innings. Senior Sara Ramirez hit her third home run in the last five games to plate two runs in KU’s first at bat. It marked Ramirez’s 16th career home run as she claimed sole possession of the No. 9 spot on KU’s career home runs list.

The Jayhawks sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the second inning en route to a four-run frame. Hull produced a two-run double and Ramirez added an RBI single.

Junior Allie Clark tacked on Kansas’ final runs of the game in the third inning with home run No. 3 on the season to plate three runs.

Kansas will wrap up a 19-game road trip next weekend, March 6-7, when it travels to Carbondale, Ill., for the Coach B Classic hosted by Southern Illinois- Carbondale.