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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Kansas softball splits pair at own tourney

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Kansas senior Alex Jones points toward first base at teammate Maddie Stein after a single by Stein drove Jones home for a run during their game against Jackson State, Saturday at Arrocha Ballpark.

Kansas University stranded the tying run at third in the final inning of the day and lost to 14th-ranked Nebraska, 1-0, in the second of two games Saturday in the Jayhawk Softball Invitational at Arrocha Ballpark.

After stretching their scoreless innings streak to 117 straight in a 7-0 victory earlier Saturday over Jackson State, the Jayhawks quickly fell behind NU after allowing a single run in the second.

Neither team scored again, though Kansas threatened in the seventh, after Taylor Hatfield hit a one-out double and was moved to third by Chanin Naudin.

But NU pitcher Tatum Edwards (8-5) recorded her fifth strikeout of the day to end it.

Kelsey Kessler (11-6) took the loss.

In Saturday’s opener, Alicia Pille (7-2) pitched a complete-game one-hitter, with 10 strikeouts and just one walk.

Ashley Newman and Maddie Stein each had three hits, and Alex Jones and Hatfield contributed two apiece for the Jayhawks.

Kansas 7, Jackson State 0

Jackson State 000 000 0 — 0 1 1

Kansas 201 103 x — 7 13 0

W — Alicia Pille, 7-2. L — Breea Jamerson, 2-8.

2B — Chelsea Smith, JSU. 3B — Taylor Hatfield, KU.

Kansas highlights — Ashley Newman 3-for-4, 2 R; Alex Jones 2-for-4, 2 R; Maddie Stein 3-for-4, 3 RBIs; Hatfield 2-for-4, 2 RBIs; Pille 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K.

Nebraska 1, Kansas 0

Nebraska 010 000 0 — 1 3 1

Kansas 000 000 0 — 0 3 0

W — Tatum Edwards, 8-5. L — Kelsey Kessler, 11-6.

2B — Kiki Stokes, NU; Taylor Hatfield, KU.

Kansas highlights — Kessler 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K; Hatfield 2B.

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