Cowgirls Beat Jayhawks, 8-1

April 26, 2008

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<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>LAWRENCE, Kan. – In Kansas softball’s third annual Bark in the Park day, the Jayhawks (34-16, 4-9 Big 12) fell to OklahomaState (25-22, 8-7 Big 12) Saturday afternoon, 8-1, at Arrocha Ballpark. Junior Val Chapple accounted for KU’s only run, a home run down the left field line. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Oklahoma State struck first in the top of the second inning to gain a 1-0 lead. The Cowgirls led off the inning with a Megan Castle single. Castle advanced to second off a sacrifice bunt and then took third on a passed ball. Jessica Meza’s single up the middle brought Castle home.

The Cowgirls continued to display its offensive firepower into the third inning with a two-run home run from Kim Kaye. The home run to right center was Kaye’s 13th of the season and gave OSU a 3-0 advantage.

OSU strung together a couple hits in the fourth to tack on one more run. Kansas responded in the bottom of the fourth with a Chapple homer to left field. Chapple’s eighth home run of the season made the score 4-1.

The Cowgirls pulled away with three runs in the fifth and one in the sixth, to make it five-straight innings with at least one run. The eight runs scored by the Cowgirls are the most they have scored against Kansas since Feb. 15, 1997 when OSU beat Kansas 10-5.

Oklahoma State’s Anna Whiddon (10-7) led the Cowgirls in the circle. She pitched five innings, and allowed only three Jayhawk hits. Kansas’ Valerie George (17-8) and Allie Clark combined to strike out five Cowgirls, while allowing four earned runs.

Kansas will complete the weekend series with OklahomaState Sunday at 1 p.m at Arrocha Ballpark.