AUSTIN, Tex. - Kansas (27-14-1, Big 12 3-4) split with nationally ranked Texas (28-10, Big 12 3-4), 2-0 and 2-3, Sunday afternoon at McCombs Field in Austin. KU received a strong performance from Kassie Humphreys, both in the circle and at bat. The senior pitched over 10 innings and was an integral part in helping the Jayhawks pick up their second win this season over a ranked opponent.
Game One - Kansas 2 No. 11/16 Texas 0
Sophomore Dougie McCaulley's two-out second inning hit to left field scored senior Kassie Humphreys from third base. Humphreys reached base on a lined shot down the right field line. Humphreys advanced to third by a well executed sacrifice bunt by freshman Ally Stanton. The run was the 26th time this season the Jayhawks have scored first. KU's record when scoring first is 24-2.
Kansas scored one more run in the seventh inning to extend the lead to two. The scoring runner, McCaulley, was singled home from second base by sophomore Stevie Crisosto. The two runs scored by the Jayhawks are the most the team has scored against Texas since a 3-1 victory on May 2, 2004. It is also the first time in four games that the final score was not 1-0.
Humphreys (13-6) had an outstanding ballgame as she finished the game with two base hits, the same number she allowed to Texas as the game's pitcher. Humphreys struck out 11 Longhorns in her complete game shutout effort. It was Humphreys best outing since the March 11 game against New Mexico when she struck out eight batters in seven innings of scoreless work.
The seven Jayhawk hits were the most in a game since the March 31 loss to Baylor. It was the first time in six games that KU shut out their opponent, the last being on March 28 at Missouri State. The victory over the No. 11/16 Longhorns was the highest ranked team KU has defeated since their victory over No. 2 Texas last year 1-0 on April 23 and the second ranked opponent they have beaten this year.
Game Two - Kansas 2 No. 11/16 Texas 3
Kansas struck first again in the second game as freshman Tracy Lubken beat the tag at home plate to give KU a 1-0 lead. Lubken was a pinch-runner for Humphreys and reached second on an error by Texas third baseman Crystal Saenz. Crisosto's hard hit base knock to left field brought Lubken home and gave her 16 RBI's on the year, good for second best on the team. It was Lubken's first run since March 13 against UMKC.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Longhorn attack got on track, tallying three runs. The key play of the inning came off a Jacqueline Williams single to center field that scored two Texas runners and made the score 3-1. All three runs were unearned.
Stanton's double down the left field line helped the Jayhawks cut the lead to one. It was her second double of the season and the first since the February 17 victory over Memphis. Stanton advanced to third off a McCaulley sacrifice hit and then scored off a throwing error by the Texas catcher.
Humphreys began game two as the starter and went three and two-third innings before handing the ball over to freshman Sarah Vertelka. Humphreys tacked on two more strikeouts to bring her day's total to 13. Vertelka continued the strong `Hawk pitching by throwing two and one-third innings of scoreless work. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native struck out four Longhorns, the most since she fanned five Georgia Southern batters on March 17.
Kansas' next ballgame will be Wednesday, April 11 at Missouri starting at 6 p.m. This will be the first of the two Border War games. The second game will be a week later in Lawrence, beginning at 5 p.m.
Check back later in the week for more information on the Kansas softball team at kuathletics.com