Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Kansas softball roughs up Shockers


Kansas University pitchers Val George and Sarah Vertelka combined for a one-hit shutout in the nightcap, and three Jayhawks combined for five home runs during the doubleheader as KU softball swept Wichita State, 9-2 and 3-0, on Tuesday.

Sophomores Allie Clark and Liz Kocon each had two home runs on the day, and senior Stevie Crisosto also had a homer as KU improved to 20-28 overall. It was just the Jayhawks’ second two-game sweep of the season.

WSU fell to 20-30.

In the opener, the Jayhawks had 13 hits, including two homers by Kocon.

George and Vertelka limited the Shockers to five hits and two walks in the contest. George started the game holding WSU scoreless through three innings. Vertelka closed out the final four frames to earn the win.

Senior Elle Pottorf plated KU's first three runs with an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run double in the third. Clark and Kocon each homered in the third to tack on two more runs for the Jayhawks to make the score 5-0.

Kocon later tagged her second homer of the game and sixth home run of the year in the seventh inning with a three-run shot. Kocon finished with a team-high four RBIs during the game.

In the nightcap, Vertelka and George combined to toss KU’s fourth shutout of the season.

Vertelka completed the first four innings allowing WSU's only hit as she improved to 9-9 from the circle. George picked up her second save of the year after striking out six batters in the final three innings to preserve the win.

Only three Shockers reached base, and none advanced past second base.

The Jayhawks were held to just three hits on offense.

KU will play host to Texas A&M; on Thursday. The doubleheader will start at 11:15 a.m. at Arrocha Ballpark.


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