Softball Hosts Iowa State in Regular-Season Finale
May 7, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas softball (20-33, 1-15 Big 12) hosts Iowa State (25-27, 3-13 Big 12) in a doubleheader this Saturday, May 8, in both teams’ regular-season finale. The twinbill, originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, begins at noon. KU’s five seniors will be honored following the second contest. Fans are also encouraged to bring their dogs to the games for the fifth-annual Bark in the Park.
Dogs will be admitted to Saturday’s games with a donation to benefit the Lawrence Humane Society. The Lawrence Humane Society wish list includes cash, paper towels, bleach, cat litter and pet toys. Bark in the Park flying discs will be distributed after the game.
Kansas is coming off a doubleheader split at Drake on Wednesday, where it wrapped up its non-conference schedule. The Jayhawks are 20-33 overall and sit in last place in the conference standings with a 1-15 Big 12 mark. A series sweep over Iowa State this weekend would move KU up to the No. 9 seed at the Big 12 Conference Championship next week. Freshman Rosie Hull leads the team with a .361 batting average on the season, but freshman Mariah Montgomery has paced the team with a .417 average over the last 12 games. Her 24 RBIs are one behind team-leader Brittany Hile. In the pitcher’s circle, junior Allie Clark is the most tenured hurler this season with 135 innings of work. She owns a team-best 3.89 ERA and eight wins, including the team’s lone conference victory.
Scouting Iowa State
After a pair of losses to Texas last weekend to extend a six-game skid, Iowa State is 25-27 overall and 3-13 in the Big 12. Sophomore outfielder Heidi Kidwell paces the Cyclones with a .339 batting average and 59 hits, while senior infielder Courtney Wray (.289) owns a team-high 30 RBIs. In the pitcher’s circle, junior Rachel Zabriskie has made a conference-leading 42 appearances and her 219.2 innings of work rank second-most among Big 12 pitchers. She is 20-16 with a 2.77 ERA and 246 strikeouts.
Kansas leads the all-time series with Iowa State 41-30, including 15-9 in games played in Lawrence. However, the Cyclones claimed all three meetings last season.
This weekend marks the final games in Arrocha Ballpark for five Kansas seniors. Amanda Jobe, Alicia Irwin, Sara Ramirez, Ally Stanton and Sarah Vertelka will all be making their last home appearances for the Crimson and Blue. They will be honored following Saturday’s contest.
Next Thursday, May 14, Kansas will open play in the Big 12 Softball Championship in Oklahoma City. Seedings will be determined at the conclusion of this weekend’s games.