Kansas Softball Heads to Chattanooga for Frost Classic
Feb. 24, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
In its third straight weekend on the road, the Kansas softball team (5-5) travels to Chattanooga, Tenn., this weekend, Feb. 26-28, to participate in the Frost Classic.
The Jayhawks open the tournament on Friday with games scheduled against Kentucky at 11:30 a.m. and host Chattanooga at 4:30 p.m. On day two, KU will face Tennessee Tech and Lipscomb at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., respectively. Kansas will wrap up the weekend on Sunday with a single game versus Austin Peay at 9 a.m. Tickets for the Frost Classic Inspired by Memorial cost $8 for a single day pass or $20 for an all-tournament pass.
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The Jayhawks went 3-2 in last weekend’s Lipton Invitational to even their overall record to 5-5. During the three-day tournament, twins Maggie and Rosie Hull led the Jayhawks each batting .500. Rosie made her first career start versus Florida and went on to record six-straight hits during the weekend. From the pitching circle, senior Sara Vertelka picked up two of Kansas’ three wins, while freshman Alex Jones also notched a victory. Overall on the season, Jones leads KU with a .417 batting average and her 15 hits rank as the second-most among Big 12 players. After Rosie’s debut as a starter in the outfield last weekend she is hitting .538 through her first 13 at bats. Senior Sara Ramirez is hitting .429 with runners in scoring position to account for her team-best nine RBIs on the season and has three home runs, including two game-winning homers last weekend. All three of Kansas’ pitchers have made at least four appearances led by Jones’ 23.2 innings. She also has a team-best 2.96 ERA and 16 strikeouts.
Ramirez Comes Up Big at the Plate
Senior infielder Sara Ramirez used a two-run home run to lift Kansas to a 2-1 victory versus Campbell last Saturday. That feat alone was noteworthy but Ramirez wasn’t done yet as she hit another game-winning homer in the Jayhawks’ contest versus East Carolina later in the day. Ramirez’ 5-foot-1 frame leads the team with three home runs this season and has 13 for her career, which is two shy of cracking the top 10 on KU’s career home runs list.
Hull Opens Career Streaking
Rosie Hull opened her collegiate career with seven hits in her first seven at bats. The Lawrence, Kan., native collected a hit in her only at bat during the team’s opening weekend and followed that up with a 3-for-3 performance in her first career start versus No. 3 Florida on Feb. 19. Hull then went on to record a hit in her next three at-bats over two more games but ended her hit streak in last Sunday’s contest versus Marshall. Her four-game hit streak ties for the second longest so far this season.
Ingle Collects Timely First Hits
Sophomore Marissa Ingle recorded her first career hits in last Sunday’s game versus Marshall and her offensive presence proved to be the difference maker in the win. The KU infielder had gone hitless in 17 at bats over the last two seasons but came through with a 3-for-3 performance, all extra-base hits, against The Herd. Ingle collected two doubles and a three-run home run to drive in four runs during the 7-3 victory.
Kansas will wrap up a 20-game road stint next weekend, March 6-7, when it travels to Carbondale, Ill., for the Coach B Classic. The Jayhawks make their home debut the following week, March 11-13, when they host the KU Invitational.