Jayhawks Split Twin Bill With Bluejays
April 2, 2008
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
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Creighton quickly got on the board in its first at-bat first with a solo home run by Bailey Dawson and then added another run with an RBI single by Laura Kratochvil. The Jayhawks were hampered by errors as the Bluejays tacked on three more runs, all unearned, in the second inning taking advantage of two KU miscues.
Creighton stretched its lead to seven in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run double down the left field line by CU’s Renae Sinkler. Another error by Kansas in the bottom of the sixth inning scored Creighton’s eighth run, which ended the contest with a run-rule.
KU struggled from the plate as the Bluejays’ Tara Oltman limited the Jayhawks to just three hits. Kansas had opportunities to score in the fourth and fifth innings but couldn’t find the answer it needed as they stranded runners on first and second in both innings.
After being held scoreless in game one, Kansas wasted no time putting runs on the scoreboard in the nightcap. Jobe helped score KU’s first run of the day with a single through the left side to score Crisosto. Crisosto was granted first base after being hit with her first pitch of the season. She stole second and moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt by Dougie McCaulley.
KU pitcher Sarah Vertelka found herself in a bind in Creighton’s first at-bat of the game with bases loaded but quickly worked out of the situation with a swinging strike three on the Bluejays’ next batter to end the inning and the threat.
Crisosto and Jobe extended the Jayhawks’ lead to five when the pair each notched two-run homers in the top of the second inning. It marked the second round tripper for Crisosto this year and Jobe’s sixth.
Creighton cut its defecit by three in the bottom of the third thanks to two home runs by the Bluejays. One out later, Vertelka was forced to leave the game after taking a line drive to the arm. Val George entered the game allowing just two hits over the last 4.1 innings to record the win as she improved to 14-3 from the circle.
Heading into the final inning, Crisosto crushed her second home run of the game over the left center fence to push Kansas ahead 6-3.
Kansas continues its road swing this weekend as they head to Big 12 opponent Baylor for a two-game series. Saturday’s contest will begin at 4 p.m., while Sunday’s first pitch is scheduled for noon.