2011 Sneak Peek - The Outfield
Feb. 3, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Although Kansas softball boasts another young squad in 2011, the outfield will be the deepest and most experienced part of the team heading into this season. The Jayhawks return all four of its outfielders from a year ago in Maggie Hull, Rosie Hull, Alex Jones and Julie Jenkins and will also benefit from the return of Liz Kocon, whose 2010 season was cut short due to injury.
One of two freshmen to start all 56 games in 2010, sophomore Maggie Hull made 37 appearances in left field when she wasn’t filling in at center field for Alex Jones, who splits time from the pitcher’s circle. Hull, along with the whole outfield contingent, adds a lot of speed to the lineup, which she used to collect 38 hits in 2010, fourth on the team.
Jones, also a sophomore, will get the starting nod in center field when she is not pitching. KU’s leadoff batter last year, Jones shared the team lead with 55 hits and collected a team-high 29 runs scored and 12 stolen bases, another indication of the outfield’s speed.
When Jones appears in the pitcher’s circle, sophomore Julie Jenkins and freshman Elsa Moyer will vie for playing time in the grass. Jenkins, an energetic competitor, made 32 appearances between left and center fields. Her speed also made her a popular pinch runner option.
Moyer hails from Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, Wash., where she was an NFCA All-West Region selection and earned her team’s golden glove award in her senior season.
Finally, KU’s right field could feature Kocon or sophomore Rosie Hull. Kocon started the first five games of the 2010 season in right field before being sidelined with an injury. Her bat was sorely missed in the lineup as she led the Jayhawks with 30 RBIs and was second on the squad with nine home runs during the 2009 season.
Rosie Hull, who filled in for the injured Kocon, not only led the Kansas outfield with 58 putouts last year, but she also paced the Jayhawks with a .350 batting average and shared the team lead with 55 hits. Rosie began the season with seven hits in her first seven at-bats, a sign of things to come as she eventually earned KU’s offensive player of the year award.