Sunday, February 26, 2012

KU softball wins 11th in a row


— Kansas University’s softball team beat UNC-Wilmington twice on Saturday at the Seahawk Classic to claim its 10th and 11th straight victories.

The Jayhawks (11-2) started off the day with a 9-1 victory in five run-ruled innings. KU jumped out to a nine-run lead in the first inning, led by junior Maggie Hull’s three-RBI home run. Freshman pitcher Alicia Pille pitched all five innings and allowed just two hits.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Pille and junior Morgan Druhan combined to blank the Seahawks, 3-0. Druhan pitched the first five innings, allowing five hits and three walks, but she stranded UNC-Wilmington runners on base three separate times, and Pille picked up the save.

“It’s not easy no matter who you’re playing,” Kansas coach Megan Smith said. “We are really stressing to our players to be locked-in to every single pitch. When you’re playing multiple games in a weekend, it’s tough to do. We’ve talked to them a lot about refocusing for each game, and I think they’ve done a great job with that.”

Sophomore Ashley Newman sparked Kansas on offense in the late game, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.

The Jayhawks will play in the Seahawk Classic Championship at 11:15 a.m. today.


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