Jayhawks Sweep UMKC Doubleheader
March 13, 2007
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas softball improved its record to 17-7-1 with a doubleheader sweep of UMKC, 8-0 (five innings) and 5-2, Tuesday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark. The Jayhawks totaled 21 hits in the non-conference twin bill to close a seven-game home stint.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
KU will next be in action Friday through Sunday at the Capital Classic in Sacramento, Calif. The Jayhawks will play two games Friday against Cal Poly at noon and IdahoState at 5 p.m. at the Sacramento Softball Complex.
Game One – KU 8, UMKC 0 (five innings) Box score
In the first contest, KU dominated the Kangaroos 8-0 in five innings. Kansas outhit UMKC 12 to one while remaining errorless in the field. In her third complete game of the season, freshman pitcher Sarah Vertelka (3-3) threw five innings and only surrendered one hit while striking out four batters.
The Jayhawks recorded at least one run in each of the five innings. Powering the Jayhawk attack was sophomore Elle Pottorf, who was 3-for-3 with two doubles and a home run, her fifth of the season, over the left field fence. Pottorf finished with five runs batted in to increase her total to 24 on the year.
Other impressive offensive performances came from sophomore Stevie Crisosto and freshman Sara Ramirez. Crisosto scored two runs, recorded two hits and had two RBI in three at-bats. Ramirez also had two hits, scored one run and had one RBI.
Game Two – KU 5, UMKC 2 Box score
Behind a four-run third inning, Kansas defeated UMKC 5-2 in Game Two of the afternoon doubleheader. Crisosto banged a three-run homer off the scoreboard, her second of the season, to give the Jayhawks a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third.
Sophomore Dougie McCaulley was 3-for-4 in the lead off spot with her team-leading fifth double of the season to pace the KU offense. Sophomore Valerie George (3-2) struck out a career-high eight batters, allowed five hits and walked one in six innings to earn the win. Senior ace Kassie Humphreys fanned one Kangaroo and gave up one hit in the final inning to pick up her third save of the season.
The Jayhawks totaled nine hits in the victory, but stranded eight on base and committed two errors. KU is 16-0 this season when scoring first.