Saturday, April 11, 2009
Oklahoma University’s softball team was red-hot in red uniforms. Will the Sooners cool off in cool pink?
No. 13-ranked OU run-ruled Kansas, 8-0, in Big 12 softball Friday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark while its players wore traditional road red.
In today’s series finale, however, the Sooners will be wearing pink togs during KU’s annual breast-cancer-awareness game. Kansas, meanwhile, will wear white home uniforms with pink piping.
Even the bases will be pink during the Jayhawks For a Cure promotion.
“If you can get one young lady to get tested early,” KU coach Tracy Bunge said, “it’s worth it.”
Fans wearing pink will be admitted for $3. Donations will be accepted at the gate to benefit Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the KU Cancer Center.
A silent auction will include pink softballs signed by the Jayhawks and the Sooners, as well as a couple of pink wood bats.
Two KU players — Kolby Fesmire and Ally Stanton — are daughters of breast-cancer survivors, and their mothers will be throwing out honorary first pitches.
Fesmire, KU’s starting shortstop, may not be able to play today after suffering an injury during OU’s five-run first inning Friday.
The sophomore from Round Rock, Texas, dove for a ball, landed askew and had trouble breathing. She was taken out of the game and later to LMH as a precautionary measure.
With those five runs in the first, the Sooners left no doubt why they came in leading the Big 12 in batting average, slugging percentage, home runs and RBIs.
“Oklahoma came to play,” Bunge said, “and offensively we didn’t make adjustments at all.”
Brittany Hile, who entered as the designated player when Fesmire was injured, lined a double into the left-center-field gap for the Jayhawks’ lone hit.
The only other ball the Jayhawks hit hard off OU left-hander D.J. Mathis was a line drive to third by Stevie Crisosto.
Still, it was hardly surprising the Jayhawks struggled at the plate. In nine conference games, KU’s team batting average is just .206.
Kansas (13-23 overall, 3-6 Big 12) will try to salvage today’s 1 p.m. series finale with senior Val George (8-11, 2.75 ERA) in the circle. Oklahoma (31-12, 8-3) is likely to counter with freshman standout Allee Allen (14-3, 2.82 ERA).