Jayhawk Softball Wins Stetson Hatter Invitational, Improves to 10-0
Feb. 20, 2011
DELAND, Fla. –
For the second-straight weekend, Kansas softball won a tournament title as the Jayhawks dominated Stetson 8-0 in just six innings Sunday afternoon with the help of three home runs during the Stetson Hatter Invitational championship game.
KU, which won the Jacksonville University Tournament last week, continued to improve on its best start in program history as it moved to 10-0 on the season, while Stetson dropped to 3-5.
Sophomore Alex Jones pitched all six innings for the Jayhawks to pick up her first win of the season. Jones struck out a career-high eight batters during the contest and also went 2-for-4 from the batter’s box.
Nine different Jayhawks combined for 12 hits during the game, including home runs from senior Brittany Hile, junior Liz Kocon and sophomore Mariah Montgomery. Kocon and sophomore Maggie Hull joined Jones with multiple hits as each had two knocks in the contest.
KU’s defense combined with Jones’ performance from the pitcher’s circle to strand nine Hatters on base during the game, including bases loaded in the fifth inning.
Hile got the offense started when she hit her fourth home run of the weekend in the bottom of the third. Later in the inning, Montgomery also homered, her fourth round-tripper of the season, to plate sophomore Rosie Hull and give KU a 3-0 lead.
Maggie Hull added another tally to the scoreboard in the next frame. Maggie singled to the first baseman and beat the flip to the bag. Freshman Ashley Newman scooted her over a bag with a sacrifice bunt and junior Marissa Ingle advanced Hull to third base with her single to shallow right field. Eventually Maggie slid home after a wild pitch expanding the Jayhawks’ lead to 4-0 after four innings of play.
Kocon moved into a tie for sixth on the Kansas career home runs list as she hit her eighteenth career homer in the fifth inning, a one-out, solo shot to right field.
Kocon and freshman Kendra Cullum then helped end the game after six innings due to run-rule as the pair drove in three runs in the final frame to push the Jayhawks to an 8-0 win. Kocon’s single through the right side plated Rosie Hull and Jones, while Cullum’s single over the shortstop’s head drove home Montgomery.
Kansas continues its east coast swing next weekend when it participates in the UNCG Spartan Classic Feb. 25-27 in Greensboro, N.C.