Kansas Softball Enters Second National Poll
LAWRENCE, Kan. – After another perfect weekend during the 2015 non-conference slate, Kansas softball has improved to a 17-1 mark on the season, its best start in program history, and earned a spot in both major national softball polls.
Entering the fourth week of play, KU was receiving votes and ranked No. 26 in the NFCA/USA Today poll, but after collecting three more victories at the UNF Tournament last weekend, the Jayhawks broke into the second national poll at No. 25. Kansas remains in the 25th spot in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 for the second week in a row.
The nationally-ranked Jayhawks capped off the successful weekend with their second Big 12 Player/Pitcher of the Week after junior outfielder Briana Evans earned her first league weekly honor Tuesday for her efforts in Kansas’ 3-0 weekend.
During the 2015 campaign, Kansas is hitting .342, the second-best average in the Big 12 Conference. KU has tallied 33 doubles, 14 home runs and 108 RBIs in 18 games, while posting a .501 slugging percentage and a .443 on-base percentage. The Jayhawks’ pitching staff has posted a 2.91 ERA, the third-lowest ERA in the league, with six shutouts, including a no-hitter by senior hurler Alicia Pille against Penn State (2/8) and 104 strikeouts.
The Jayhawks return to Florida this weekend for another five-game tournament hosted by Stetson in DeLand, Florida. The field also includes LaSalle and Chattanooga.
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