No. 3 Florida Hands Jayhawks 12-4 Defeat

Feb. 19, 2010

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Freshman Rosie Hull went 3-for-3 from the batter’s box in her first career start but it was not enough as Kansas softball fell 12-4 to No. 3/9 Florida Friday evening.

KU, which lost to Marshall just hours earlier, fell to 2-5 overall on the season. Florida improved to 6-1 with the victory.

Fellow freshman Alex Jones joined Rosie Hull with multiple hits going 2-for-4 from the plate. Maggie Hull, twin sister of Rosie, batted in a team-high two RBIs during the game and was the only other Jayhawk with a hit.

Despite giving up two runs in the bottom of the first inning, Kansas quickly responded with a pair of runs in its next at bat. Junior Brittany Hile reached first base on a Florida fielding error to start the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Amanda Jobe.

Freshman Mariah Montgomery stepped up to the plate next where she earned a base on balls. During her at bat, Hile moved over to third base on a passed ball and then scored after a wild pitch during sophomore Marissa Ingle’s turn in the batter’s box. Ingle became the second Jayhawk of the inning to earn a walk to first and eventually advanced to third after a KU single from Rosie Hull, her first collegiate hit, and a fielder’s choice by Alex Jones to load the bases.

Maggie Hull proceeded to earn herself a base on balls to plate Ingle and knot the score at 2-2.

Kansas would not score again until the top of the fourth inning and then again with one run in the sixth. In the meantime, senior pitcher Sarah Vertelka (0-2) and the KU defense could not stop Florida’s offensive barrage as the Gators added 10 runs to the scoreboard over the remainder of the game, including four in the bottom of the third frame, to end the game after six innings with a run-rule.

The Jayhawks scored its solo tally in the fourth on an RBI double from Maggie Hull, which scored Rosie Hull. Rosie made it to base with her second of three singles of the night to record her first multiple-hit game.

Rosie Hull scored for the second time in the sixth inning when senior Sara Ramirez won a bases loaded walk.

Kansas continues its participation in the Lipton Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 20 (tomorrow) when it faces Campbell and East Carolina at 3:45 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. Live stats will be available on the Jayhawks’ official website,