Jayhawks Host Red Raiders in Weekend Softball Action

April 23, 2010


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One day after suffering a loss at Nebraska, the Jayhawks welcome Texas Tech to Arrocha Ballpark for a weekend conference series. On Saturday, KU (18-27, 1-11 Big 12) and TTU (33-12, 5-8 Big 12) will open the series at 6 p.m. before wrapping up the weekend with a noon contest on Sunday in the Jayhawks’ Pink in the Park game.

Fans wearing pink to Sunday’s game will gain admission to the contest for $3. KU Athletics will also be giving away free Jayhawk pink ribbon magnets.

Live stats for both games will be available via Gametracker on the KU Athletics website at www.KUAthletics.com/softball.

About Kansas

The Jayhawks suffered a loss at Nebraska Thursday as they enter this weekend’s series 18-27 overall and 1-11 in the Big 12. The Jayhawks’ top four hitters are freshmen led by Rosie Hull, who is batting .375. Rosie’s twin sister, Maggie Hull, has paced the team over the last six outings with a .375 batting average. Freshman Alex Jones is tied for 10th in the conference with 48 hits. In the pitcher’s circle, KU’s three-person bullpen is led by junior Allie Clark, who owns a 4.00 ERA. She also has the most wins from the circle with seven, including the Jayhawks’ only conference victory.

Scouting Texas Tech

Texas Tech is 33-12 overall and 5-8 in Big 12 play after its doubleheader sweep of No. 7/8 Oklahoma State Thursday night in Lubbock. As a team, TTU is second in the league hitting .302 and five players average over .300 from the batter’s box led by Emily Bledsoe’s .364 average. Mikey Kenney (.339) has the second-most home runs in the Big 12 with 15 so far this season. In the pitcher’s circle Ashly Jacobs owns a team-best 1.27 ERA, which ranks second in the conference.

TTU head coach Shanon Hays is in his first season at the Division I level after compiling a 114-16 mark in two seasons at NAIA Lubbock Christian University.

Series Info: KU leads the all-time series with the Red Raiders 25-11, including 9-3 in Lawrence. Last season, TTU defeated the Jayhawks in game two of the series to snap Kansas’ 12-game win streak versus Texas Tech.

Ingle Having Conference Success

Despite hitting just .138 during non-conference action, sophomore Marissa Ingle has improved her stats during conference action leading the team with a .278 batting average. In the eight Big 12 games she has appeared in, four of Ingle’s five hits have been home runs. Her four league round-trippers rank tied for second in Big 12-only stats.

Up Next

Kansas will play its last home non-conference games on Wednesday, April 28 when the Jayhawks welcome Wichita State for a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m.