Jayhawk Softball Hands Out Team Awards

May 8, 2010

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

Following its regular-season finale on Saturday, in which the Jayhawks split with Iowa State, the Kansas softball team held its end of the year banquet where it handed out team and staff awards.

Freshman Alex Jones received the rookie of the year award. Jones split time between the pitching circle and center field during the season and also served as the team’s leadoff batter for most of the year. Jones hit .306 during her inaugural year with the Jayhawks and tied for the team-lead with 55 hits, four shy of the freshman single-season record. In the circle, Jones made a team-high 23 starts and pitched three complete-game shutouts. Her 3.78 ERA led KU’s three-person bullpen.

Rosie Hull was awarded the team’s offensive player of the year. The freshman outfielder paced the Jayhawks with a .359 batting average and collected 55 hits in the 50 games she appeared. Hull hit .300 or better during the entire season and had two 4-for-4 outings. She also recorded the team’s longest hit streak at 10 games.

Mariah Montgomery was the third freshman to receive an award at the banquet as she earned team MVP honors. Montgomery was the team’s top offensive producer during the second half of the season. Over the last 14 games, she led the team with a .395 batting average, along with seven multiple-hit games in that span, and struck out just three times in 43 at bats. One of two freshmen to start all 55 games, Montgomery also earned the ninth-most single-season walks in KU history with 25 this season.

The Big Jay award was presented to senior Sara Ramirez. Ramirez has been a positive team leader for Kansas and her attitude and work ethic have made her a great role model for the underclassmen. She started all 55 games this season as the team’s second baseman. Known for her outstanding defense, Ramirez shares the team lead with six home runs this year and has 16 for her career, which ranks as the ninth-most homers in a Jayhawk career.

Senior Amanda Jobe earned the academic award for her success off the field. A two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection, Jobe was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second Team for maintaining a 3.9 cumulative GPA during her college career and will graduate next week with a degree in biology. Earlier this year, Jobe was also named Outstanding Woman Student in Athletics by the University of Kansas. Jobe will leave KU with the school’s second-most career walks earning 93 base on balls during her time at Kansas. She is also sixth all-time with 20 career home runs.

In addition to the student-athlete awards, the Kansas softball team presented Molly McKinnon and Ryan Busenitz with the support staff of the year award. McKinnon serves as the team’s strength and conditioning coach, while Busenitz is the team’s athletic trainer.

The team still has at least one game left as the Jayhawks will play in the Big 12 Softball Championship on Thursday, May 14. The single-elimination tournament is held in Oklahoma City.