Kansas splits on Day 1 in Sacramento
March 16, 2007
SACRAMENTO, Calif. –
Kansas fell to Big West power, Cal Poly, 7-3 in game one, but rallied from a one-run deficit in the second game to earn the victory over Idaho State. Kansas allowed only eight hits on the day and used the long-ball to generate offense.
Kansas will play another doubleheader Saturday against Georgia Southern at 12:30 p.m. and Pittsburgh at 3 p.m. Pacific time at the Sacramento Softball Complex.
Game One – KU 3, Cal Poly 7
In the first contest, KU fell to the Cal Poly Mustangs 7-3. Senior pitcher Kassie Humphreys (10-3) pitched six innings allowing seven runs on seven hits. The Jayhawks also hit the ball well, scattering 11 hits in the ballgame, but could not match the Mustangs’ late charge.
Kansas started the scoring off in the fourth inning behind a three-run home run blast down the left-field line by Humphreys. The home run was Humphreys’ third on the season and the sixth of her career. Humphreys home run brought home sophomore Val Chapple who reached base on a fielder’s choice and freshman Sara Ramirez who reached base on a single to the left side.
Cal Poly answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth and took the lead 4-3 in the fifth inning behind back-to-back doubles from freshman Coreena Stout and pinch-hitting senior Shannon Brooks. The Mustangs then tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning to take a 7-3 lead.
Game Two – KU 3, Idaho State 1
Kansas defeated Idaho State 3-1 in the second game of the Capital Classic. Sophomore pitcher Val George (5-2) pitched a complete game one hitter allowing only one run. George also set a career record of strikeouts in a game with ten.
Idaho State scored the first run in the second inning off of a Christine Keeton single that settled down the right field line. The hit scored Heather Dixon who reached base on an error. The second inning hit by Keeton was the last time an Idaho State player reached base.
Kansas struck back in the fourth inning with sophomore Stevie Crisosto’s solo home run to right-center. The home run was the first hit of the game for the Jayhawks.
Junior Betsy Wilson started the rally that broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with a hit through the left-side of the infield. Sophomore Dougie McCaulley’s sacrifice bunt moved Wilson to third because of some heads-up base running. Humphreys, pinch-hitting for freshman Tracy Lubken, blasted a single past the centerfielder that brought home Wilson. Crisosto’s sacrifice fly brought Humphreys home to provide an insurance run for the Jayhawks.