Kansas Softball Splits at Tulsa, Jayhawks To Host Drake Thursday
April 21, 2009
TULSA, Okla. –
After tallying eight hits and six runs in its first game of a doubleheader, the Kansas softball team failed to cross home plate in the nightcap as KU was shut out 4-0 at Tulsa to split the series.
One game after defeating Tulsa 6-3, the Jayhawks had five hits, all singles, in the second game of the twinbill as KU fell to 17-26 overall on the season. Tulsa improved to 26-15 with the win during the second game.
The Jayhawks will have just one day to prepare for Drake, which comes to Lawrence on Thursday, April 23 for a single game scheduled for 7 p.m. at Arrocha Ballpark.
Game 2 – KU 4, Tulsa 0
Kansas scattered five hits in the second game, never more than one in an inning, and stranded eight runners on base as it was unable to come up with a timely hit.
Through the first six innings, no Jayhawk was able to get passed second base. In the top of the seventh however, Kolby Fesmire hit a two-out single and advanced over after Dougie McCaulley reached base on balls. Both runners then moved over into scoring position on a wild pitch but a strikeout by TU’s pitcher Jackie Lawrence ended the threat and the game.
Lawrence fanned seven KU batters in the contest and allowed just two walks as she improved to 13-4 with the win.
McCaulley and Kolby Fesmire each tallied two hits a piece for the Jayhawks. McCaulley finished 4-for-6 from the plate during the doubleheader.
Tulsa scored the game’s first run, an unearned tally, in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Golden Hurricane’s Brooke Smart led off the frame with a single and advanced to second on a walk by KU pitcher Sarah Vertelka. Both runners then moved over one base on a passed ball before Kelly Chapman’s sacrifice fly to center field gave Smart enough time to tag up and cross home plate.
The Golden Hurricane then exploded for six hits in the next inning to score three more runs and make the tally 4-0.
Vertelka tossed the first four innings to suffer the loss. She gave up six hits and two walks from the circle while striking out four batters.
Game 1 – KU 6, Tulsa 3
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.
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.