Kansas Takes UMKC Twinbill, 10-2 and 7-0
April 22, 2008
KANSAS CITY, Kan. –
Sophomore Sarah Vertelka pitched six strong innings to help Kansas snap a five-game skid with a 10-2 victory after six innings in game one, while freshman Allie Clark and junior Val George combined for seven innings of one-hit ball in the nightcap as the Jayhawks completed the sweep over UMKC, 7-0, in game two.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas improved to 32-15 overall after the wins. UMKC dropped to 8-26 on the season.
The Jayhawks return home to Arrocha Ballpark for the first time in six games this Thursday, April 24, when they welcome in-state rival WichitaState in a pair of non-conference games. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Heading into the top of the sixth inning, KU held a 5-2 lead but a three-run home run by senior Betsy Wilson jump-started a five run rally that pushed the Jayhawks ahead by eight to earn the run-rule. After Wilson’s homer, her fourth round-tripper this season, sophomore Ally Stanton scored on an errant UMKC throw to first base and junior Dougie McCaulley hit into an RBI groundout.
UMKC tallied its only two runs of the contest in its first at-bat. Vertelka limited the Kangaroos to just three walks and five hits over six innings and struck out four in the effort as she improved to 10-5.
Junior Val Chapple helped score the Jayhawks’ first run in the opening frame with a base hit into centerfield. Kansas then tacked on four more runs in the top of the third. After Amanda Jobe was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Chapple hit a ball between the shortstop and third baseman to plate her second run of the day in Stevie Crisosto. Freshman Liz Kocon then hit into a fielder’s choice to bring home McCaulley and a double from Brittany Hile scored Jobe.
Chapple, Hile and Kocon all finished 2-for-3 at the plate to account for six of the team’s eight hits.
In the nightcap, Clark (6-3) tossed five complete innings to record the win, giving up just one Kangaroo hit and no walks. George pitched the final two innings of the contest in hitless relief striking out three batters in her second save of the year.
Eight different Jayhawks combined for eight hits. Chapple again had two RBIs in the contest, while Crisosto and Hile each drove in a run as well.
Kansas got off to a slow start leading 3-0 after six innings. Crisosto sent her fourth homer of the season over the fence to lead off the game. Chapple followed with a home run of her own, her seventh this season, in the top of the third.
KU engineered four more runs in their final at-bat with the help of three walks, a passed ball and a double from Hile.