Kansas suffers first loss to College of Charleston, 6-4
DeLAND, Fla. — In the first of back-to-back games on Saturday, Kansas softball lost to College of Charleston, 6-4, during the Stetson Leadoff Classic at Patricia Wilson Field on Saturday morning.
The Jayhawks (2-1) dropped their first game of the 2018 campaign after leaving 12 runners on base, while College of Charleston (1-0) scored six unanswered runs in the last two innings.
Junior pitcher Andie Formby threw five innings with five strikeouts in the no-decision start. Senior pitcher Sarah Miller (1-1) came in relief, but allowed the Cougars’ go-ahead run to reach base in the sixth inning to receive the loss. Freshman pitcher Brynn Minor made her Jayhawk debut in the circle to close out the game, striking out two in one inning of work.
Senior Mikayla Warren, starting in right field, hit a third-inning leadoff infield single in her first at-bat of the season. A pair of sacrifice at-bats later — from freshman Brittany Jackson (sac bunt) and senior Jessie Roane (RBI sac fly) — would score Warren and give Kansas a 1-0 lead in the third.
The first of Jackson’s two hits of the game came in the fourth inning with an RBI single up the middle to score Sydnee Ramsey. Senior left fielder Erin McGinley smacked a double down the left field line — KU’s first double of the season — to score Jackson and sophomore Becki Monaghan and give KU a 4-0 lead.
College of Charleston, playing in its first game of the season, chipped away at KU’s lead with a three-run fifth inning, and another three runs in the sixth inning to take a 6-4 lead.
Kansas faces Akron for the second time in two days at 12:30 p.m. Central on Saturday. KU’s run in the Leadoff Classic concludes on Sunday morning against College of Charleston at 9 a.m. Central.
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