Softball Opens Big 12 Conference Play at No. 19/17 Texas A&M
March 25, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
After six straight weeks of tournament play, the University of Kansas softball team (14-15) opens its 2010 Big 12 Conference season this weekend, March 27-28, at No. 19/17 Texas A&M (27-7) for a two-game series. The Jayhawks and Aggies will open the series with a 1 p.m. game on Saturday. On Sunday, the teams meet again at 11 a.m.
Live stats for both games will be available via Gametracker on the KU Athletics website at www.KUAthletics.com/softball. In addition, fans can watch Texas A&M’s free video broadcast.
Kansas went 2-0 in its final day of the San Diego Classic on Sunday to take a 14-15 overall mark into this weekend’s conference opener. Freshman Rosie Hull has taken over as the team’s top offensive threat. Hull went 13-for-20 (.650) in last weekend’s tournament to raise her season average over 80 points to .443, which ranks fifth in the Big 12. KU’s top four hitters are freshmen. Senior Sara Ramirez has batted in a team-high 19 RBIs. In the circle, junior Allie Clark owns a 5-3 record behind a team-best 2.97 ERA.
Scouting the Opponent
Texas A&M fell to No. 8 Georgia Tech on Wednesday dropping to 27-7 overall. Meagan May currently leads the team with a .430 batting average, which ties for third in the Big 12. She also leads the conference in hits (45), RBIs (45), home runs (14), walks (26) and total bases (100). As a team, TAMU is fourth in the league batting .304. In the circle, Melissa Dumezich owns a team-best 1.26 ERA. Rebecca Arbino (1.83 ERA) has tossed a team-high 118.2 innings and is 15-4.
Jo Evans is 501-255-2 in her 14th season as head coach at Texas A&M and is 814-465-2 in her 24th year overall. The Aggies went 32-22 last season, including 1-2 at the NCAA Regionals.
► Series Information
Kansas won its home finale against Texas A&M last season to stop a 14-game skid versus the Aggies. KU trails the all-time series with Texas A&M 43-21, including a 7-17 disadvantage in College Station. The Jayhawks last swept the series with TAMU in 2001.
The Jayhawks return home on Tuesday, March 30 for a double header versus UMKC. Kansas then hosts Texas, April 2-3, in its Big 12 home opener.