Saturday, February 18, 2012

KU softball win streak hits 5


— Kansas University’s softball team gave up four runs in the sixth, then scored four of its own in the seventh to claim a 9-6 victory over Charlotte on Friday to cap a 2-0 day at the Charlotte Classic.

Earlier Friday, KU beat Middle Tennessee State, 7-3.

Against Charlotte, KU banged 16 hits, the most in coach Megan Smith’s tenure.

The Jayhawks (5-2) led, 6-2, in the top of the sixth, but Charlotte (2-3) tied it in the bottom.

“After the first game, I thought we were flat offensively so I challenged the team to lock in and have better at bats,” Smith said. “As a result of better at-bats, we had better outcomes. I thought they did a really great job of battling and being aggressive. Luckily, the results came, and we’re happy with that.”

Freshman Alicia Pille (3-2) started — and ended — the second game, racking up six strikeouts, walking one and allowing two runs. Junior Morgan Druhan took over in relief in the fourth inning and allowed four runs while striking out three before Pille re-entered the game in sixth.

The Hull twins provided the offense. Maggie and Rosie Hull combined for a 7-for-9 performance with two RBIs apiece and five runs scored. Maggie posted a career-best four hits and finished a home run short of the cycle, while Rosie went 3-for-4, including her second career home run.

Junior shortstop Mariah Montgomery knocked in a team-high three RBIs on a 3-for-5 effort. Freshmen Cassen Salamone and Maddie Stein also racked up multi-hit showings at the plate.

Earlier Friday, Kristin Martinez pitched a complete game, and KU cruised after a five-run first inning against MTSU (0-1).

Martinez (1-0) allowed two home runs among her six hits over seven innings, with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Kansas received multi-RBI performances from freshman catcher Lexi Bryant and fifth-year senior right fielder Liz Kocon. Kocon, who drove in two RBIs in the sixth, needs six RBIs to become the all-time career leader at Kansas.

Kansas, winner of five straight, will face Stony Brook at 9 a.m. today.


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