Hull's Grand Slam Lifts KU Softball Over Coastal Carolina to Win Chanticleer Classic
March 20, 2011
CONWAY, S.C. –
Tied through six complete innings, Kansas loaded the bases in the top of the seventh to set up a grand slam from sophomore Maggie Hull and lift the Jayhawks to a 6-2 win over Coastal Carolina in Sunday’s softball action.
Kansas concludes the weekend a perfect 5-0, including an extra inning victory versus Georgia Tech Saturday, to win the Chanticleer Classic, its fifth pre-conference tournament title this season. KU also extended an 11-game winning streak as it improved to 26-3 overall, while CCU fell to 14-11 on the season.
“I am really proud of the way we played this weekend,” said head coach Megan Smith. “We were definitely tested and our girls battled and did extremely well. I think Maggie Hull had an unbelievable weekend at the plate so we’re really proud of her and we’re really excited to start Big 12 play Wednesday.”
KU found itself trailing after an error in the bottom of the second inning scored two unearned Coastal runs.
Senior Brittany Hile was responsible for tying the game as she batted in a run in the third and fifth innings. Her single up the middle in the third frame plated Kendra Cullum while her leadoff homer in the fifth knotted the score at two-all. The round-tripper was her team-high 10th home run of the season.
Hile finished 3-for-4 from the batter’s box while Juinior Liz Kocon and Hull added two hits apiece as KU out-hit the Chanticleers 12-5. Hull’s home run marked her second grand slam of the season and the team’s sixth. Sunday’s finale was also the Jayhawks’ 10th contest with multiple home runs.
Freshman pitcher Kristin Martinez collected the win improving to 12-1 from the circle following her seventh complete game. The left-handed hurler gave up no walks in the outing and added four strikeouts as she improved her ERA to a team-best 1.63.
Kansas is back in action for its home and Big 12 Conference opener on Wednesday, March 23 versus Border Showdown rival Missouri. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.