Kansas Softball Concludes Road Swing at No. 23 Baylor
April 9, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
This weekend the Kansas softball team (16-21, 0-6 Big 12) will take on its third-straight ranked Big 12 opponent when it travels to No. 23/RV Baylor (21-13, 2-3 Big 12) April 10-11. The two-game series begins on Saturday at 2 p.m. and will conclude on Sunday with a contest scheduled for noon.
Live stats for both games will be available via Gametracker on the KU Athletics website at www.KUAthletics.com/softball. In addition, Baylor will be providing a live video stream (for a fee) and free radio broadcast at www.BaylorBears.com.
Still searching for its first Big 12 Conference win, Kansas is 0-6 in the league and 16-21 overall after losing two games at Missouri on Wednesday. Six of Kansas’ last eight contests have been versus top 20 teams. The Jayhawks are led offensively by freshman Rosie Hull’s .400 batting average. She has six hits over the last five games. Fellow freshman Alex Jones is close behind hitting .356. Junior Brittany Hile has batted in a team-high 23 runs. In the pitching circle, junior Allie Clark owns a team-best 3.93 ERA. Senior Sara Vertelka has six wins from the circle to go along with a team-high 52 strikeouts.
After losing a doubleheader to North Texas on Wednesday to extend a three-game skid, Baylor is 21-13 overall and 2-3 in the Big 12. Nicole Wesley paces the Bears with a .430 batting average. Her 18 stolen bases are second in the Big 12. Jordan Vannatta has a team-high 28 RBIs. In Big 12 games, Kayce Walker leads the team with a .412 average. From the pitcher’s circle, Courtney Repka is second in the league with 155 and 1/3 innings of work. She has 14 of the team’s wins and a 1.94 ERA. She has thrown all but 2/3 innings of the Bears’ conference games.
Baylor is coached by Glenn Moore, who is 366-182 in his 10th season at BU and 505-224 in his 14th year overall. The Bears returned 11 letterwinners from its 2009 team which finished 40-12 and advanced to an NCAA super regional.
The KU-Baylor series dates back to 1981 with the Jayhawks holding a 22-15 all-time advantage and a 17-13 edge in Big 12 games. Kansas is 10-7 in games played in Waco and has split the last two series at Baylor. Last season, the teams split a two-game series in Lawrence. KU hit four home runs in the second contest but fell 11-8.
For the first time in four games, Kansas returns home to the friendly confines of Arrocha Ballpark on Wednesday, April 14 to host Nebraska in a single game at 5 p.m. The Jayhawks then travel to Creighton the following day for a doubleheader before returning to host Oklahoma State that weekend.