Softball Comes Up Short at Texas

April 19, 2009

Box Score

AUSTIN, Texas –

Despite an RBI single by senior Val Chapple to score a run in the top of the seventh and bring the score within one, the Kansas softball team’s rally came too late as Texas defeated the Jayhawks 3-2 here Sunday afternoon to claim the series sweep.

KU, which fell 5-0 to UT a day earlier, dropped to 16-25 overall and 4-8 in the Big 12. Texas in the meantime, improved its record to 34-14 and 10-4 in conference play.

In the top of the seventh inning, Liz Kocon, who was pinch hitting for Kolby Fesmire, reached base on balls to start the frame. She advanced to second on a ground out and was plated on a single through the left side by Chapple. With two outs and KU trailing 3-2, Pottorf stepped up to the plate and knocked a deep fly ball to right field but it fell inside the park and was caught to end the contest.

KU, which matched Texas with five hits including a pair of singles from senior Dougie McCaulley, stranded a runner on base in each inning during the contest.

Texas struck first scoring two runs in its first at bat on a walk, hit by pitch, double sequence of events. The Longhorns then made it 3-0 in the third with another RBI double.

The Jayhawks manufactured its first run in the top of the fifth inning on an Elle Pottorf RBI single. Kolby Fesmire layed down a sacrifice bunt but reached base on an error. She moved over one base on a fielder’s choice before Pottorf’s hit to right field allowed Fesmire to score from second and put KU within two runs at 3-1.

Kansas will wrap up a three-game road trip at Tulsa on Tuesday, April 21 in a single nonconference game scheduled for 3 p.m. Two days later, the Jayhawks host Drake on April 23 for a 7 p.m. contest at Arrocha Ballpark.