Kansas Opens At Home With Jayhawk Invitational

March 7, 2007


First Pitch
After opening the 2007 season with 18 consecutive road games, Kansas begins its home slate with five contests in the Jayhawk Invitational Friday through Sunday at Arrocha Ballpark. The Jayhawks (11-6-1), winners of six of their last seven games, will host Drake, New Mexico and North Dakota State in the three-day event. Live Gametracker will be available for all KU contests.

The Jayhawks return 10 letterwinners from last year’s Big 12 postseason championship team, including senior All-Big 12 pitcher Kassie Humphreys. KU’s top five hitters this season are two freshmen and three sophomores. Redshirt sophomore Elle Pottorf leads the Jayhawk offense with a .372 batting average in 2007. Head coach Tracy Bunge is in her 11th season at KU with a 329-277-2 record.

The Jayhawk Invitational Click here for a complete tournament schedule.
Kansas will open its 2007 home schedule Friday with the Jayhawk Invitational. The Jayhawks will play back-to-back games against Drake (7-11) at 2 p.m. and North Dakota State (12-4) at approximately 4:15 p.m. KU will face New Mexico (2-7) Saturday at 11:45 a.m. before entering bracket play. The Jayhawks are 38-20-1 (.655) overall at Arrocha Ballpark, including 23-8-1 (.742) in non-conference games since 2004.

Behind the Name — Arrocha Ballpark
On Nov. 4, 2002, Kansas entrepreneur Cheryl Womack pledged $2 million to help build a new softball stadium at the University of Kansas. Named for Womack’s father, Demostenes Arrocha, Arrocha Ballpark was officially dedicated April 1, 2004.

Great Western Downtown Plaza Classic Leftovers
Kansas softball posted a 4-1 record last week at the Great Western Downtown Plaza Classic in Tulsa, Okla. The Jayhawks scored 33 runs in their first four games of the tournament but were shut out 1-0 by host Tulsa in the title game on Sunday. Seniors Kassie Humphreys and Nicole Washburn and sophomore Elle Pottorf were each named to the all-tournament team for their efforts.

Up Next: Capital Classic/Sacramento State
The Jayhawks will hit the road again March 16-18 for the Capital Classic in Sacramento, Calif. Over the course of its spring break trip, KU will face Cal Poly, Idaho State, Georgia Southern, PIttsburgh and Colorado State in the three-day tournament. After taking a day off to enjoy northern California, the Jayhawks end the trip with a game at Sacramento State on March 20.

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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.