Jayhawks Collect Pair of Run-Rule Victories in Day Two of UNF Tournament
March 12, 2011
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –
Kansas softball out-scored its two opponents 24-2, including 8-0 over DelawareState in its second game, during day two of the UNF Tournament to improve to 3-0 on the weekend and 20-3 on the season.
Against DSU, junior Kelsey Alsdorf came in to pinch hit in the bottom of the fifth inning and proceeded to hit a bases-loaded single through the right side to drive in two runs. During the play, an errant throw by the right fielder allowed sophomore Alex Jones to score KU’s eighth run and end the contest after five innings.
Jones went 3-for-4 from the plate and had an RBI versus the Hornets. Junior Marissa Ingle had two hits, while junior Liz Kocon batted in two runs on no hits.
Senior Allie Clark pitched her third complete-game shutout as she improved to 8-1 from the circle. The 6-foot right-handed hurler gave up just one hit and one walk and struck out four.
Kocon first put the Jayhawks on the board in the bottom of the third inning with a sacrifice fly to score freshman Kendra Cullum. Cullum scored three times during the game reaching base with two hit by pitches and a walk. Sophomore Maggie Hull brought in one last run in the frame after earning a bases loaded walk.
During the fourth, senior Brittany Hile’s single to left field scored Ingle, followed by an RBI ground out by freshman Ashley Newman to give KU a 4-0 lead.
Before Alsdorf helped end the game in the fifth inning, Hull slid home to beat a throw after Jones hit a bases-loaded grounder to the shortstop.
The Jayhawks will wrap up the UNF Tournament when they take on host North Florida Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. Central.
Nine different Jayhawks combined for a season-high-tying 18 hits as the University of Kansas softball team topped AlabamaState 16-2 in its first of two games Saturday during the UNF Tournament.
Senior Brittany Hile, junior Liz Kocon and freshman Kendra Cullum each recorded a home run in the contest. It marked Cullum’s first career round-tripper.
Hile and sophomores Alex Jones, Maggie Hull and Mariah Montgomery all had three hits each in the game, while junior Liz Kocon was the fifth Jayhawk to collect multiple hits with two. Hile, Kocon and Hull also drove in a team-high two runs apiece.
Jones pitched three full innings before giving up the only hit of the game, a double in the bottom of the fourth inning. AlabamaState also scored two runs during the frame, both unearned, off a pair of wild pitches. Jones tied a career best with eight strike outs and improved to 3-0 from the circle. Junior Ashley Spencer tossed the final inning, tallying two K’s.
KU scored at least one run in every inning, including five during the second inning as the Jayhawks sent 11 batters to the plate.