Huskers Shutout `Hawks 3-0
April 4, 2007
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas (26-13-1, 2-3 Big 12) fell to Big 12 rival Nebraska (27-11, 3-2 Big 12), 3-0, Wednesday evening at windy Arrocha Ballpark. Nebraska jumped out to an early two run lead in the first inning and never turned back. The Jayhawks have now dropped four out of their last five ballgames, but will look to rebound this weekend as they head to Texas.
Nebraska grabbed the lead in the first inning off of Meghan Mullin and Crystal Carwile runs. Nebraska would tack on one more run in the second inning when Whitney Barrett’s ball was put in play, bringing Haley Long home.
Armed with a mulit-run lead, Nebraska pitcher Ashley DeBuhr (13-5) went to work as she struck out 12 KU batters, giving up only two hits, and no runs. She only issued one base on balls. Kansas senior Nicole Washburn’s double in the fourth inning stopped DeBuhr’s streak of 11 straight innings without giving up a hit.
Kansas sophomore Valerie George (9-3) was also impressive on the mound as she fought off a first inning that featured her throwing 44 pitches to finish the game. George allowed only five hits, one earned run, and one walk during the game. At one point, she retired 17 straight Nebraska batters.
Washburn’s double was her fourth of the season and the 21st of her career. She led the team with seven putouts, including a couple spectacular defensive plays. Freshman Amanda Jobe’s base knock in the seventh inning pushed her batting average back up to .300 for the season.
KU’s five game home stand is now complete, and the Jayhawks will be back on the road this weekend in Austin, Texas to take on the nationally-ranked Texas Longhorns. Kansas will play two games against the Longhorns, both starting at 1 p.m.
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