KU Sweeps Buffalo In Doubleheader, Chapple Collects Four Home Runs
March 14, 2008
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
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Junior Val Chapple collected four home runs and 10 RBIs as the Jayhawks swept Buffalo in a doubleheader here Friday during the Kansas Invitational. KU rolled past the Bulls, 9-0, in five innings in game one before notching a 12-5 victory in the nightcap as the Jayhawks improved to 20-6 on the season, while <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Buffalo fell to 1-14.
Chapple went a perfect 6-for-6 from the plate on the day, including three homers in the first match-up. Junior Dougie McCaulley finished with four hits and freshman Brittany Hile added three as the Jayhawks combined for 23 hits between the two games.
KU will play two more games tomorrow afternoon. The Jayhawks square off with Louisiana Tech at 2 p.m. followed by another contest with Buffalo at 4 p.m.
Junior Val Chapple tied a school record three home runs, while freshman Liz Kocon also hit one out of the field against Buffalo to help the Kansas softball team roll over the Bulls, 9-0.
Chapple put the Jayhawks on the board in their first at-bat on a two run homer to right field then made repeat performances in the bottom of the third and fourth with two run shots in each inning, both over the centerfield fence. Chapple tallied six of the team’s nine RBIs.
Liz Kocon was responsible for the other three RBIs with a two-run homer of her own, the first of her career, in the bottom of the fifth inning, as well as an RBI single in the first.
Four other Jayhawks connected for at least one of the team’s 10 hits including Dougie McCaulley, Brittany Hile, Addy Lucero and Ally Stanton who extends her hit streak to six games.
Val George records the shutout improving to 9-1 from the circle. George, who held the Bulls hitless through 3.2 innings, allowed three hits and struck out five batters.
Eight Jayhawks combined for a season-high 13 hits to score 12 runs in the second game of a doubleheader with Buffalo as the Jayhawks notched its second win over the Bulls, 12-5.
Kansas scattered eight runs in the first two innings on eight hits to take an early 8-0 lead. Brittany Hile was responsible for three runs with a pair of doubles, while Chapple and Betsy Wilson batted in two a piece. Wilson earned her RBIs with her first career triple and the team’s second of the year.
Buffalo cut the lead by four as they collected two runs in the bottom of the second and third innings, but KU answered right back in its next at-bat when Chapple hit her fourth home run of the day, another two-run shot.
KU’s Sara Sidebottom collected her first career hit and RBI in the final inning when she doubled down the left field line. Sidebottom scored on the next play when Buffalo’s first baseman missed a throw to tag out batter Caitlin Kenney to score the Jayhawks’ final run of the contest.