Jayhawks Welcome Wichita State for Midweek Softball Tilt
April 27, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas softball (18-29) will host Wichita State (16-27) on Wednesday, April 28 in the Jayhawks’ final home non-conference event of the season. The first game of the twinbill is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Fans who donate a canned food item can get into the games for $3. Kansas Athletics will also be handing out free softball cups.
Live stats for both games will be available via Gametracker on the KU Athletics website at www.KUAthletics.com/softball.
The Jayhawks suffered a pair of losses to Texas Tech last weekend as they enter Wednesday’s twinbill 18-29 overall and 1-13 in the Big 12. The Jayhawks’ top four hitters are freshmen, led by Rosie Hull, who is batting .378 to rank eighth in the conference. Freshman Alex Jones leads KU with 50 hits and nine stolen bases. In the pitcher’s circle, KU’s three-person bullpen is led by junior Allie Clark, who owns a 4.03 ERA. She also has the most wins from the circle with seven, including the Jayhawks’ only conference victory.
Scouting Wichita State
Wichita State defeated Southern Illinois Sunday to prevent a three-game sweep and stop a four-game skid. The Shockers are 16-27 overall, including 13-19 at home. As a team, Wichita State ranks eighth in the Missouri Valley Conference hitting .234. Junior catcher Heather Gerritse leads WSU with a .306 batting average and 21 RBIs. She also has a team-high 22 walks. Junior outfielder Kiersten Dixon is next hitting .289 and leads the team with 35 hits.The Shocker pitching staff is eighth in the MVC with a 3.96 ERA. Sophomore Kasha Kolb has seen the most innings from the circle for the team and owns a team-best 2.55 ERA along with 162 strikeouts.
The Shockers are coached by Mike Perniciaro, who is 142-138 in his fifth season at Wichita State and 185-166 in his sixth season overall.
Kansas leads the all-time series with Wichita State 64-16, including 33-5 in games played in Lawrence. Wichita State last won in Lawrence on April 13, 2004. Last season, the Jayhawks swept a doubleheader at WSU to extend a four-game win streak over the Shockers.
Last Time Out
Kansas freshman Rosie Hull went 3-for-4 and scored a run but could not get offensive support as KU softball fell to Texas Tech 4-1 Sunday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark. Four freshmen combined for the Jayhawks’ seven hits in the contest but were unable to score runs as they stranded nine runners on base.
Kansas travels to Oklahoma this weekend, May 1-2, for its first two contests of a four-game road stint. The Jayhawks then head to Drake on May 5 for their final non-conference games of the season.