Jayhawks Shut Out Georgia Tech in Five Innings, 10-0
LAWRENCE, Kan. – In front of the largest crowd at Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park, Kansas shut out Georgia Tech, 10-0, in five innings on Saturday afternoon to improve to 3-0 on the weekend.
A record-setting 1,240 fans came out to watch the Jayhawks (23-13) sweep Saturday’s action with a pair of run-rule victories. The crowd of 1,240 not only marks the largest attendance record in the two-year history of the ballpark, but also the third sellout.
“We could feel the energy and that helped us,” said head coach Megan Smith of the sellout crowd. “Today, I felt like everyone was into the game and our team fed off of that, which was fun. It was a fun day to be out here because of so many young girls. A lot of those young girls want to be out on a college softball field one day, so it’s a lot of fun to see them in the stands cheering for us.”
In two games, Kansas posted 20 hits including a team-high from junior utility Lily Behrmann. The Overland Park, Kansas product concluded Saturday 4-for-4 with with two RBIs and a 1.250 slugging percentage. The Jayhawks hit .455 during the doubleheader on Saturday.
“I’m really excited about what we did today,” Smith said of the offense. “Yesterday, we had a lot of good moments, but couldn’t string them together. We told the team to keep working and to just string some things together. We did that today in both games and I was excited to see our offense click today.”
Fans were treated to a pitcher’s duel through the first two and half innings of the ballgame as both starters tossed scoreless frame after scoreless frame. The Jayhawks put a run on the scoreboard first after senior shortstop Chaley Brickey led off the bottom of the third with a double down the left field line before a pair of ground outs brought her home. Sophomore first baseman Daniella Chavez’s ground out, the second out of the inning, pushed the go-ahead run across as Kansas took a 1-0 advantage into the fourth.
“Alexis (Reid) and Andie (Formby) had great days,” said Smith. “It helps when your offense gives you some breathing room and both pitchers got work with breathing room, but both threw extremely well today.”
With a one-run lead in the fourth, Kansas plated nine runs on eight hits to increase its lead to 10-0 over the Yellow Jackets. Sophomore third baseman Jessie Roane started the fourth-inning rally with a three-run homer, her fourth of the season. A walk and a hit by pitch gave the Jayhawks a pair of base runners following Roane’s long ball. Senior outfielder Shannon McGinley singled to load the bases before a fielding error by Georgia Tech allowed the fourth run to score.
The fourth-frame rally continued with the bases full of Jayhawks once again. Sophomore outfielder Erin McGinley drove in a KU run with a RBI single before a wild pitch advanced the runners and allowed the sixth run of the inning to score. The final three runs of the game came at the end of redshirt sophomore Harli Ridling, junior utility Lily Behrmann and junior pinch hitter Jordan Zolman’s bats. At the conclusion of the fourth, Kansas owned a commanding, 10-0, lead over the Yellow Jackets.
Formby scattered four hits in her second appearance of the weekend and improved to 13-5 on the season with the win. She struck out two batters in her Big 12-leading seventh shutout. On the weekend, Formby is 2-0 with 12 scoreless innings of work.
Three Jayhawks registered multi-hit efforts at the plate against Georiga Tech, Brickey and Behrmann each ended the game with 2-for-2 while Roane was 2-for-3 with a team-high three RBIs.
Following Kansas’ big fourth inning, Formby scattered two hits before halting the Yellow Jackets momentum as the Jayhawks completed the sweep with a 10-0 victory.
Kansas concludes its Big 12 Conference bye weekend round robin with Georgia Tech on Sunday, April 10 with first pitch is slated for 11:30 a.m. Follow all the action on the Jayhawk Radio Network.
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