Kansas Races Past Tournament Host for First Win of 2012, 11-0
Feb. 11, 2012
HAMMOND, La.- A seven-run fourth inning powered Kansas to a five-inning run rule against tournament host Southeastern Louisiana Classic host, in Saturday’s game one, 11-0.
Kansas (1-2) made it through the day two opener without a rain delay controlling the schedule, but the absence of rain was replaced by the high winds and 40-degree temperatures. Ten runs in the last three innings, however, got the Jayhawks off the field early as they recorded a run rule against Southeastern Louisiana (0-2) for their first win of 2012.
For the third-straight game, redshirt senior Liz Kocon led the Jayhawks at the plate, going 2-for-2 with three RBIs. In just the third game of the season, Kocon tied – and surpassed – former Jayhawk Shannon Stanwix for third all-time in career RBIs at KU. With 108 to her credit, Kocon needs just 10 more RBIs to become KU’s all-time leader.
Left fielder Maggie Hull also collected an RBI with a 2-for-4 performance. Senior Marissa Ingle knocked in a run with a sac fly, while freshmen Maddie Stein and Chanin Naudin drove in their first runs as Jayhawks.
In the circle, freshman Alicia Pille (1-2) notched her first career victory, throwing all five. She struck out eight and walked three in her one-hitter performance.
Pille struck out the side to start the game and got her first run of support in the bottom half of the first. With two outs, junior shortstop Mariah Montgomery drew a walk and Kocon and Ingle followed suit to load the bases. When a wild pitch got past the plate, Montgomery took off for home and scored the first run of the game.
Meanwhile, Pille and her defense sat the Lions down in order in the second and negated a pair of walks with two strikeouts in the third to keep the shutout in tact.
The Jayhawk offense responded with three more runs of support in the bottom of the third. Sophomore second baseman Ashley Newman flew down the first base line to lead off the inning with a bunt single and moved to second when Montgomery drew her second walk of the game. Moments later, Kocon’s tied Stanwix for third all-time with the RBI single that brought home Newman and Kansas pulled ahead, 2-0.
Ingle’s long sacrifice fly to left brought home Montgomery, while Kocon capped the three-run inning when she sprinted for home on a wild pitch.
Armed with the 4-0 lead, Pille raised her strikeout count to seven in the top of the fourth and quickly sent the Jayhawks back to the plate.
They didn’t waste the opportunity. KU sent 12 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth, racking up eight hits and seven runs to put the game out of reach. Kocon, Naudin and Stein all recorded RBIs, while sophomore centerfielder Elsa Moyer singled twice in the same inning.
Pille struck out her eighth batter and Hull ran down a foul ball in left in the top of the fifth to seal the win and the run rule, 11-0.
Friday, Feb. 10
vs. Tennessee-Martin: L, 4-6
vs. Troy: 9:30 p.m. L, 7-8
Saturday, Feb. 11
vs. Southeastern Louisiana: W, 11-0 (5)
vs. Jackson State: 6:30 p.m. CT
Sunday, Feb. 12
vs. Northern Colorado: 10 a.m. CT