Monday, February 17, 2003

Jayhawks blank Matadors, 4-0


— Mel Wallach went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs to power Kansas University past Cal State Northridge, 4-0, in the Jayhawks' finale Sunday at the Campbell/Cartier softball tournament.

The game-winning run for KU -- which went 3-1 at the tournament and improved to 7-1 overall -- came off a first-inning homer for the third consecutive game.

"If you would have asked me before the season if we'd be 7-1 at this point in the season, I'd probably say no," KU coach Tracy Bunge said. "The reason we're 7-1 is because we've played consistently and gotten some very good pitching.

"We've been steady defensively and emotionally. And for a young team, that speaks volumes about where we are right now. We just beat three teams that were in the postseason last year, so it was a very solid effort from our team this weekend."

KU junior right-hander Kara Pierce (5-1) tossed her second straight shutout, holding the Matadors to four hits while striking out six.

Kansas took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning when center fielder Wallach tagged her first home run of the season deep over the left-center fence. Wallach knocked in another run in the third, and freshman Melaney Torres followed with a double to right-center to score Wallach and give the Jayhawks their 4-0 lead.

Kansas had seven hits, compared to four for the Matadors (6-4).

The Jayhawks will head to Santa Barbara, Calif., for another three-day tournament this weekend.

Kansas 4, Cal State Northridge 0

CS Northridge 000 000 0 -- 0 4 1

Kansas 202 000 x -- 4 7 0

W--Kara Pierce, 5-1. L--Monique Lovell, 0-1.

2B--Kansas: Melaney Torres, Sandy Smith. 3B--CS Northridge: Christen Bedwell. HR--Kansas: Mel Wallach.

Kansas highlights: Wallach was 2-for-3 with 2 runs and 3 RBIs; Pierce tossed complete game, allowing 4 hits with 3 walks and 6 strikeouts; Lindsey Weinstein was 1-for-3 with a run; Torres had an RBI; KU was 3-1 at tournament to improve to 7-1 overall.

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