Jayhawks Off to Successful Start in Fall Season

Oct. 5, 2009

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

Three players hit home runs, including a game-winning grand slam from senior Amanda Jobe, as the University of Kansas softball team went 2-1 over the weekend during its Jayhawk Fall Invitational, the team’s first tournament of the fall season.

The tournament also marked the first game action for new KU head coach Megan Smith, who joined the Kansas softball program in June 2009.

Despite solo home runs from senior Sara Ramirez and junior Liz Kocon versus Emporia State in the weekend opener, the Jayhawks fell 6-5. The team bounced back to finish out the tournament with wins against Central Missouri and Washburn by scores of 7-6 and 7-0, respectively.

“It was good to finally see our players in some real game action and see the freshman in their first college action,” said Smith. “I saw some things we need to work on but I saw a lot more positive aspects.”

“We will get right back to work this week to get ready for another successful tournament this weekend,” Smith added.

Against Central Missouri on Saturday, KU trailed 6-3 heading into the fourth inning but Jobe’s four-run home run in the bottom of the frame pushed the Jayhawks ahead, 7-6, a lead which it held for the remainder of the game.

Freshman pitcher Alex Jones threw the first four innings of the contest allowing two hits and no earned runs, while fanning five players to earn the victory from the circle. Senior hurler Sarah Vertelka threw the fifth and final inning in relief allowing Central Missouri no hits or runs. Due to the one and a half hour time restraints, the game only went five innings.

Jones had a productive weekend from the plate finishing 5-for-9 along with three RBIs and four runs scored. Also getting their collegiate careers off to a good start were newcomers Mariah Montgomery and Maggie Hull.

Montgomery went 6-for-9 at the plate in three games, including a pair of doubles on Saturday and a home run versus Washburn on Sunday. She finished with three RBIs total during the invitational.

Patterson contributed three hits in three games and batted in two runs.

In KU’s shutout versus Washburn, Vertelka pitched a complete five-inning game allowing no runs on four hits.

In the first inning, Montgomery roped a two-out, two-run single to jump start the KU offense en route to the 7-0 victory.

Kansas will conclude its fall season this weekend, Oct. 10-11, when it hosts the KU Fall Invite. The Jayhawks will face Johnson County CC and Butler County CC on Saturday and Johnson County CC and Cowley County CC on Sunday.