Ingle Hits Grand Slam as Jayhawk Softball Stays Perfect After 6-1 Win at Jacksonville
Feb. 12, 2011
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –
Junior Marissa Ingle hit a grand slam while freshman pitcher Kristin Martinez limited Jacksonville to two hits in her first collegiate start as Kansas softball improved to 4-0 on the season with a 6-1 win at JU.
Earlier in the day KU defeated Bethune-Cookman 5-0 in day two of the Jacksonville University Tournament.
Martinez tossed all seven innings of the victory to improve to 2-0 as she fanned six batters and walked two.
Offensively, Kansas made the most of its five hits and also took advantage of two Dolphin miscues on the field. Ingle led the Jayhawks with two hits and also shined from third base collecting a team-high five assists.
Kansas put a pair of runs on the scoreboard right away taking advantage of two Jacksonville errors in the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore Alex Jones singled back to the pitcher and advanced one more base after a throwing error to first base. Jones eventually scored all the way from second when sophomore Mariah Montgomery’s grounder to the pitcher was thrown over the first baseman’s head and into the grass.
Montgomery later advanced to third on a ground out by Ingle and scored on wild pitch to give the Jayhawks a 2-0 lead.
KU’s bats remained relatively quiet over the next three innings until Ingle made a lot of noise in the fifth. With two outs and the bases loaded from a single and two walks, Ingle unleashed a long fly ball over the left field fence for a grand slam, her first homer of the season, to give Kansas a commanding 6-0 lead. Ingle was one of three Jayhawks to record a team-high six round-trippers last season as KU has at least one home run in all four games so far in 2011.
Martinez almost earned a shut out but JU’s Katie Kelly got a hold of pitch in the top of the sixth inning for a solo home run. It was one of just two Dolphin hits all game.
Kansas wraps up its first weekend of play Sunday, Feb. 13 when it takes on Buffalo for the second time during the tournament at 8 a.m. CST. The Jayhawks defeated the Bulls 13-3 Friday.