Jayhawk Softball Closes Out Home Schedule with Win Over Aggies
April 30, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Sophomore Kolby Fesmire hit her first career home run while pitcher Val George limited Texas A&M to just two hits as the Kansas softball team defeated the Aggies 4-1 Thursday afternoon in KU’s final home contest of the season.
The win, which ended a 14-game losing skid versus the Aggies, improved the Jayhawks to 21-28 overall and 6-9 in the Big 12. Kansas defeated TAMU for the first time since 2002.
Texas A&M fell to 29-19 and 6-9 in conference games, including 0-5 in Big 12 road games.
The game, which was originally scheduled as a doubleheader, was shortened to a single contest due to stormy weather conditions all morning in the Lawrence area.
George tossed the complete game victory improving to 10-14 from the circle as she held A&M to just two hits and one walk and struck out four. George has allowed just one run over her last three appearances, a span of 13 innings.
Kansas scored three of its runs in the bottom of the third inning off a trio of hits. Fesmire scored the game’s first run with a solo home run over the center field wall. It was the first homer of her career and the sixth straight game Kansas has had at least one home run.
With two outs in the inning, junior Amanda Jobe came up with a two-run single into right field to plate Dougie McCaulley and Val Chapple and give KU a 3-0 lead.
Texas A&M was able to cut the Jayhawks’ lead to two runs in the top of the fourth when Rhiannon Kliesing launched her eighth home run of the year to right field but TAMU was unable to generate any offense in its final three innings as George and the KU defense held the Aggies hitless for the remainder of the game.
KU tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Elle Pottorf reached on an error by the shortstop allowing McCaulley to score from second.
The Jayhawks finished 9-11 at home in 2009, winning five of its last seven contests in Arrocha Ballpark.
KU will close out its regular season this weekend, May 2-3, at Iowa State. The Jayhawks and Cyclones will open the series on Saturday at 2 p.m. and conclude the weekend at noon on Sunday. KU will then prepare for the Big 12 Softball Championship in Oklahoma City, May 8-10.