Errors Prove Costly in Kansas Softball Loss to Bradley
March 4, 2011
LAS VEGAS Nev. –
Five Jayhawks collected multiple hits but untimely errors by the Kansas defense proved costly as the Jayhawk softball team fell 10-7 to Bradley Friday morning in both teams’ first contest of the UNLV Eller Media Stadium Classic.
KU will play again on Friday, March 4 when it faces San JoseState at approximately 3:30 p.m. Central.
Three of BU’s 10 runs were unearned as KU snapped a four-game win streak and dropped to 14-2 overall. The Braves improved to 4-11 on the season.
KU trailed 8-7 after five full innings but were unable to generate any more runs for the remainder of the contest while Bradley added two more insurance runs, both unearned, in the sixth following a KU fielding error.
Senior Brittany Hile continued to excel from the batter’s box as she drove in a team-high three runs on two hits. Junior Liz Kocon, sophomores Rosie Hull and Alex Jones and freshman Ashley Newman also had two hits apiece in the game.
The game was tied 3-3 after the first three innings from a Maggie Hull solo home run and a two-run double off the left-field wall from Hile.
Unfortunately the Bradley offense exploded for seven hits in the fourth frame to help score five runs, including a three-run home run from BU’s Kate Singler.
Kansas fought back in the top of the fifth but its rally fell just short as the Jayhawks scored four runs to trail 8-7. Rosie Hull and Jones led off the inning with back-to-back singles and were plated with a Kocon double to left field. Maggie Hull then drove in Kocon and Hile for KU’s final two runs of the game when her line drive to left field was misplayed and coasted back to the fence.
The Jayhawks used three pitchers in the effort with junior transfer Ashley Spencer suffering her first loss of the season.