Kansas Stifles Stony Brook, 12-0
RALEIGH, N.C. – For the second time on Friday, the Kansas pitching staff came a single shy of throwing a no-hitter as sophomore Alicia Pille tossed her 10th career shutout to down Stony Brook, 12-0, in game two of the Wolfpack Challenge, Friday evening at Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Softball Stadium.
Also for the second time on Friday, the Kansas (12-4) offense was potent, forcing a five-inning run-rule against Stony Brook (4-7) – its eighth run-rule victory of the year. In the first two games of the weekend, Kansas has outscored its opponents, 29-0.
“I thought we were phenomenal today,” head coach Megan Smith said. “Both pitchers did extremely well and controlled the game from the beginning to the end, and our offense just put on a display today. It was fun to watch.”
Pille (4-2) recorded a season-high 10 strikeouts and no walks in the win, while carrying a no-hitter into the fifth. In a rare turn of events, a solo home run that would’ve broken up the no-hitter was recalled due to an error in the lineup, keeping the chance alive. With one out remaining, however, Seawolf pinch hitter Lauren Kamachi drove a single to left to officially end the no-hit bid.
Making themselves known for big innings, the Jayhawks put together an eight-run second, marking the 10th time in 2013 that the Kansas hitters have posted five or more runs in an inning. The lopsided frame proved to be more than enough for the Jayhawks thanks to Pille’s fifth-career one-hitter, but freshman catcher Alex Hugo’s second homer of the day and three more runs in the fifth added to the 12-0 victory.
Aside from Hugo’s homer, her team-leading sixth of the season, the Kansas offense was led by senior left fielder Maggie Hull’s 3-for-4 effort. She scored twice and knocked in two runs, bringing her career RBI total to 120, just 15 shy of tying the Kansas record held currently by Liz Kocon (135). Fellow senior Mariah Montgomery also drove in a run and sits tied for third with 117 for her career.
Sophomores Maddie Stein and Chanin Naudin drove in two runs apiece, while junior second baseman Ashley Newman went 2-for-2 to finish day one a perfect 5-for-5.
Reigning America East Conference Pitcher of the Year Allison Cukrov (1-5) took the loss, recording only five outs before being lifted for reliever Christine Lucido. The Seawolves would use three pitchers on Friday in an attempt to cool the Kansas bats but to no avail.
In the game-changing second inning, Kansas sent 13 batters to the plate, but scored all eight runs with two outs. The Jayhawks loaded the bases via an error, a walk and a hit batter before the KU lineup churned out seven-consecutive hits. Stein and Naudin highlighted the scoring onslaught, combining for four RBIs in the frame.
Through the second, third and fourth innings, Pille struck out seven-straight batters, striking out the second in the third and fourth as her offense built a lead she wouldn’t surrender.
Kansas takes on the Lafayette College Leopards in the first game on Saturday, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. CT.
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