RCW: Inside Softball 3.23

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The Kansas softball team scored 44 runs in its first five games, outscoring opponents by 40 runs to start the season 5-0. Eleven home runs aided the offensive production in the opening tournament in DeLand, Florida, with five different players hitting round-trippers.

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  • Senior Taylor Dodson entered the season with five career home runs, but blasted four in the opening weekend, including two in the Jayhawks’ second game of the season.
  • Junior Jessie Roane also enjoyed a multi-home run game, hitting three in a game against Savannah State (Feb. 11), including two in the fourth inning. One of Roane’s two fourth-inning bombs was a grand slam. She is the first Kansas player to hit three home runs in a game since Val Chapple against Buffalo on March 14, 2008. Roane drove in eight runs in the five games to lead the Jayhawks, including seven in her three-home run game.
  • Freshman Brittani Reid joined in on the home run fun, hitting two out at Patricia Wilson Field and driving in six RBIs in the opening weekend.
  • Sophomore pitcher Alexis Reid tossed two gems to start the season 2-0 in the circle. In the season opener, Reid gave up one run in the first inning but shut down Akron the remainder of the game, notching six strikeouts. She pitched her first-career complete game shutout in a win over Stetson (Feb. 12).
  • Junior Sarah Miller picked up two wins for the Jayhawks in the circle, posting a 0.70 ERA in 10 innings of work. Though she struck out just three batters, Miller held opposing teams to a .265 batting average.



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