Kansas Chalks Up School Record 20 Runs to Defeat Lafayette
March 2, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior right fielder Rosie Hull hit two home runs en route to her career-high four RBI day, powering Kansas to a school-record 20 runs in its 20-0 win over Lafayette College, Saturday morning at Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Softball Stadium.
Kansas (13-4) broke the school’s previous game record of 19 runs (19-0 vs. UMKC, 3/28/06) with a mix of power and patience against Lafayette College (1-1). The Jayhawks blasted four home runs and drew 12 walks in KU’s third-straight five-inning run-rule victory – the team’s 10th of the season.
Hull paced the offense, recording a personal-best four runs, two homers and four RBIs. Freshman designated player Alex Hugo posted a perfect 3-for-3 day, drilling her team-leading seventh homer of the year to finish the morning with three RBIs and a career-high four runs scored. Sophomore catcher Maddie Stein rounded out the power hitters, knocking out her first home run of the year, posting a 2-for-2 day with two runs, two RBIs and walk.
Meanwhile, junior second baseman Ashley Newman recorded her fourth-straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-3, while sophomore third baseman Chanin Naudin knocked in three runs. Also displaying discipline at the plate, Hull, Naudin, redshirt junior pitcher Alex Jones and freshman shortstop Chaley Brickey drew two walks apiece.
On the RBI front, seniors Maggie Hull and Mariah Montgomery drove in two runs and one run, respectively. Hull holds the tight lead for the Kansas career RBI race, sitting at second with 122. Montgomery is right behind her with 118, good for third all-time.
The Jayhawks received a combined shutout from Jones (4-0) and senior Morgan Druhan. Jones threw two innings in her start, allowing no hits and striking out four. Druhan came in to start the third and complete the shutout, surrendering four hits and also striking out four.
Bryn Gornick (0-1) took the loss for the Leopards, surrendering 11 runs on 10 hits in her two different appearances during the game. Kaitlin Perrine came in to relieve her in the second, but Gornick was called back in later that inning. Centerfielder Kelly Lallis led the Lafayette offense, going 2-for-2.
Although the Jayhawks rolled out impressive scores on Friday, they didn’t score in the first inning in either contest. That trend changed on Saturday as six walks, two illegal pitches and Stein’s first homer of the year pushed Kansas out to a 5-0 lead in a hurry.
By the bottom of the second, the Jayhawk lead reached unmatched levels. Kansas saw 16-straight batters reach as the only out recorded was a fielder’s choice through that span. During that stretch, KU scored a season-high 12 runs for an inning on nine hits, five walks, and back-to-back homers from Hugo and Rosie Hull. When the dust cleared, Kansas held a 17-0 lead.
With the game in hand, head coach Megan Smith used the opportunity to work in her reserves. Redshirt junior Nikkii Bruce came in to catch the last half of the game, while freshman Kylee Kennedy stayed perfect as a pinch hitter this season, drawing a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the second.
Hull’s three-run blast to centerfield in the bottom of the third wrapped up the Jayhawks’ scoring effort as the Leopards held KU scoreless in the fourth and final at bat.
Kansas takes the field later today against the weekend’s host, North Carolina State, at approximately 3:45 p.m. CT. The Jayhawks and Wolfpack have played each other twice in 2013, splitting the season series, 1-1.
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