Kansas Falls to Nebraska, 4-0, in Game One
April 8, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas softball was shutout, 4-0, in the first game of a doubleheader against the Nebraska Cornhuskers Wednesday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark.
Scoreless through two innings, Nebraska got on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning when Amanda Duran’s bunt single scored Meghan Mullin from third base to give the Huskers a 1-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, the Huskers used three two-out hits to score two more runs. Whitney Barrett got the two-out rally started when she beat out the throw at first for an infield single. Barrett scored from first when the next batter, Haley Long, hit the ball to right center for her first double of the season. Long scored on a Mullin single to right field.
Nebraska scored one more run in the seventh when Kelli Linke hit a single through the left side of the infield to score Nikki Haget, who was pinch running for Duran.
Leading the Jayhawks in the first game was Val Chapple who tallied one of KU’s hits and was apart of five straight outs in the middle innings from her third base position.
Junior Sarah Vertelka (5-6) pitched a complete game for the Jayhawks, allowing four runs on eight hits, while striking out four and walking two batters. Kansas managed only two hits against Nebraska’s ace, Molly Hill, who threw the shutout for the Huskers. Hill walked three batters while striking out five.
A complete recap of today’s doubleheader will be posted following the conclusion of the second game.