KU Softball Run-Rules Texas Tech In Six Innings, Bunge Gets 400th Win at KU
April 4, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas –
Two home runs by sophomore Liz Kocon and three RBIs a piece from senior Dougie McCaulley and sophomore Kolby Fesmire aided the University of Kansas’ 10-0, six-inning victory over Texas Tech on a considerably windy Saturday afternoon. The win also earned 13th-year head coach Tracy Bunge her 400th career victory at KU.
Seven Jayhawks combined for 11 hits as KU improved to 12-20 overall and 2-3 in Big 12 play. Kansas starting pitcher Sarah Vertelka limited the Red Raiders to just two hits, both in the first inning, and only one additional base runner on a hit by pitch as TTU fell to 12-29 on the season and 1-7 in conference games.
Kocon put KU’s first run of the game on the board in the team’s first at bat. The left fielder launched a solo shot over the left center wall for her second consecutive game with a home run and third of the season.
The Jayhawks expanded their lead with four runs in the fourth inning off five hits. Sophomore Allie Clark led off the inning with her team-leading fifth homer of the year. Senior Elle Pottorf and junior Amanda Jobe followed with back-to-back hits, a single and double respectively, to put runners on second and third. Two outs later, Fesmire cleared the bases with a single into left field.
Kansas tacked on five additional tallies in the top of the fifth to earn the run-rule. Fesmire added her third RBI of the game with a single to shallow left field. McCaulley plated two more runs on her second double of the game and Val Chapple grounded out to bring in McCaulley. Kocon then recorded her second round-tripper of the day to cap the inning.
The Jayhawks will wrap up their two-game series at Texas Tech on Sunday, April 5 at noon. Live stats for the game will be available at www.kuathletics.com.