Kansas Softball Takes First Game of Twinbill at Tulsa
April 21, 2009
TULSA, Okla. –
Senior Elle Pottorf and sophomore Allie Clark each recorded a home run to highlight a five-run inning in the opening frame of Kansas softball’s 6-3 victory over Tulsa in the first of two games here Tuesday afternoon.
KU improved to 17-25 with the nonconference win, while Tulsa dropped to 28-15.
Kansas wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in game one of the twinbill, scoring five runs on five hits in the first inning. Senior Dougie McCaulley led off KU’s at bat with her second triple of the season. One out later, senior Val Chapple brought McCaulley home with an RBI single that landed just behind second base. Elle Pottorf cleared the bases with a home run to right field, her second of the year.
After Amanda Jobe singled up the middle, Allie Clark gave the Jayhawks their second homer of the inning with a shot over the center field fence to mark her team-high sixth four-bagger of the season.
Following its five-run frame to start the contest, KU was held to just three hits over the remaining six innings, tacking on another run in the bottom of the sixth when McCaulley made the score 6-3 in favor of the Jayhawks. McCaulley singled through the right side to plate Sara Ramirez, who led off the inning with a double off the center field fence.
KU pitcher Val George retired the first three Tulsa batters of the game and was replaced by freshman hurler Sarah Blair. After giving up three runs on a two-run home run and an RBI double, Blair settled in and retired the next nine straight batters. Two runners reached base in the bottom of the sixth inning on no outs before George reentered for Blair and proceeded to end the threat with two fly outs and a ground out. George finished out the game to earn her first save of the year, while Blair earned the win to improve to 2-3 from the pitcher’s circle.
KU and Tulsa square off again at approximately 5:15 p.m.