Jayhawks drop game to Stanford
TEMPE, Ariz. – Kansas (0-2) softball dropped its second game of the day against a Pac-12 foe Friday on the opening day of the Kajikawa Classic, falling 12-3 to Stanford (2-0) at Farrington Stadium.
Stanford started the game off with a bang, hitting a solo home run over the left field wall. Freshman Lexy Mills earned the start and settled in to get herself out of the first inning, ending it with her first career strike out.
The Jayhawks with their backs against the wall early, continued to ride the moment of Sydnee Ramsey. Ramsey laced a single down the left field line, plating two runs for Kansas and giving the Jayhawks their first lead of 2019.
The Cardinal responded by putting four runs on the board and forcing a pitching change to newcomer Kirsten Pruett, who made her first appearance in a Kansas uniform.
After a shutout inning by Stanford starter Maddy Dwyer, the Cardinal tacked on three more runs, extending their lead to 8-2.
Freshman Morgyn Wynne found herself with the opportunity to do some damage against the Cardinal and laced a double off the right field wall that plated one. On the throw to home, KU was out at the plate, forcing the end of the inning and the last momentum that Stanford allowed.
The Cardinal continued their hot streak at the plate and plated four more runs, extending the score to the 12-3 final.
Kansas continues play in the Kajikawa Classic Saturday, Feb. 9 against tournament host No. 12 Arizona State and Utah.
- Lexy Mills and Morgyn Wynne made their first career starts for the Jayhawks.
- Sydnee Ramsey logged her second multi-RBI game of the season, finishing with two RBI.
- Wynne logged her first career hit and RBI on a double to right field center.
- Kirsten Pruett made her first career appearance for Kansas, pitching two innings.
On what she saw from the first two games of the Kajikawa Classic …
We have a lot of things to grow and work on, but there were positive things we accomplished today. Our focus needs to be how we can learn to be consistent. It wasn’t one area that needs more improvement, it was everything, and we need to find a way to sure things up.
On the pitching staff …
We are going to see them all year long and right now I am looking for leadership and our players to respond to their roles. Early on and in tournaments, you are going to want to see what everybody can do and what kind of staff we have.
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