Softball Splits With Longhorns
April 13, 2008
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Junior Dougie McCaulley finished 4-for-6 from the plate in today’s softball doubleheader as the Jayhawks (30-11, 4-4 Big 12) topped <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Texas (20-16-2, 6-5 Big 12) 8-1 in game one before dropping a 2-1 decision in the nightcap.
“Every ball up in the air today was an adventure,” said Kansas head coach Tracy Bunge. “We were able to get some ground ball outs and that was key. I think defensively, for the most part, we did a pretty good job today.” <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
“We have not been real strong defensively in conference play so it was nice to see us have a good day defensively,” Bunge added.
Kansas continues Big 12 play Wednesday when they travel to Columbia, Mo., for a pair of games with Missouri beginning at 3 p.m.
Stevie Crisosto started the Jayhawks off with a double in the first inningand the team never looked back as they defeated the Texas Longhorns 8-1 in Sunday’s opener. Crisosto, who advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from McCaulley, went on to score off a wild pitch later that inning.
The Jayhawks tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth, a sacrifice fly by freshman Brittany Hile to plate junior Val Chapple, before rallying for five more in the following inning to put Kansas up 7-1. Amanda Jobe walked with bases loaded scoring Crisosto and one batter later Chapple lined a single through the left side, her second hit of the game, to score two more runs. Freshman Liz Kocon was able to bring in one last runner with another sacrifice fly to centerfield.
Texas finally got on the board in the top of the sixth inning on a double and ground out, but KU’s Valerie George didn’t give the Longhorns much to work with allowing just four hits in the contest and fanning seven batters in her 12th complete game of the season. She improved to 16-3 from the circle.
Jobe helped bring in one final run for the Jayhawks, her second of the contest, in their final at-bat to make the final score 8-1 in favor of KU.
After out-hitting the Longhorns 7-4 in game one, KU scored just one run on four hits in the nightcap as Texas edged the Jayhawks 2-1 on six hits.
Kansas quickly took a 1-0 lead in the first inning with the help of three stolen bases from McCaulley. McCaulley, who had another pair of hits in game two, singled to left field before proceeding to steal second, third and home plate. Chapple also had a stolen base in the inning giving KU a single-game high four stolen bases in the contest.
Following two scoreless innings, Texas was able to plate a run in the top of fourth, a lead-off home run, to tie the score at one all. A double followed by a KU error in the sixth scored another Texas runner, which ultimately became the game winner.
Kansas was unable to respond as the Longhorn’s Meagan Denny limited the Jayhawks to just two hits over the final four innings of the contest, one of which belonged to freshman Brittany Hile, who tallied her team-high ninth double of the year.