Bombs Away: Kansas Blasts Past Coastal Carolina, 5-1
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A pair of Kansas home runs accounted for four of five runs as the Jayhawks’ powerful offense blasted past the Chanticleers, 5-1, in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday morning.
Sophomore Daniella Chavez launched her first home run of the season in the bottom of the third inning, giving Kansas a 3-0 lead and ending the pitcher’s duel that ensued early on. Junior utility Lily Behrmann and senior infielder Chaley Brickey set the stage and reached base prior to Chavez’s long ball putting two runners on base for the Crowley, Texas native. Chavez ended the game 2-for-3 with a team-best three RBIs.
Sophomore right-hander Andie Formby continued her scoreless streak through the first three innings of contest. After putting zeroes on the scoreboard in the first three frames, combined with her five-inning shutout the night before, Formby tossed eight-straight scoreless innings.
Coastal Carolina’s McKenzie Conrad cut into Kansas’ lead in the top fourth with a solo home run over the fence in left field. Conrad’s long ball also ended Formby’s scoreless streak. However, the Jayhawks stole the momentum back in their favor after Behrmann hit her second solo homer of the year, extending KU’s lead, 4-1.
Freshman Alexis Reid took over in the circle in the fifth inning, relieving Formby after four innings of work. Formby finished the day allowing one run and four hits, while striking out two. Formby improved to 2-0 on the season after two appearances.
In the bottom of the sixth, senior outfielder Briana Evans tripled over the Chanticleers right fielder, who had moved in on defense. Freshman Ania Williams tallied her first RBI of her career, after an infield single allowed Evans to score. The Jayhawks headed to the final inning with a 5-1 lead.
Reid closed out the game, throwing three scoreless relief innings, as the Jayhawks powered past Coastal Carolina, 5-1.
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