Tampa, Fla. Harli Ridling hit a seventh-inning grand slam to send Kansas University’s softball team past UNLV, 7-3, on Saturday to complete a doubleheader sweep.
The Jayhawks defeated UNLV, 4-2, in the first game.
Ridling drove in six runs with her home run and a double.
Monique Wesley earned the victory, allowing one run in 31⁄3 innings.
KU had taken a 3-0 lead in the first inning when Erin McGinley drove home a run with a double to center field. Then Ridling connected for a double to drive in two more runs.
In KU’s first-game victory over UNLV, freshman right-hander Ania Williams tossed her second straight complete game, allowing four hits in seven innings. Both UNLV runs came on home runs.
“Ania shows a lot of poise under pressure,” KU coach Megan Smith said. “That’s a mature freshman to give up a home run and bounce back to shut them down. The batter right after the home run you would’ve never known she had given up a home run. That says a lot about her maturity and fight.”
Senior shortstop Chaley Brickey and sophomore outfielder McGinley each had a pair of hits for KU, including a home run by Brickey, her fourth of the season.
Kansas 4, UNLV 2
Kansas 110 010 1 — 4 8 1
UNLV 100 001 0 — 2 4 0
W — Ania Williams (4-1). L — Kwyn Cooper (4-1).
2B — Janine Petmecky, UNLV. HR — Chaley Brickey, KU; Garie Blando, Petmecky, UNLV.
KU highlights — Brickey 2-for-3, 2 runs, RBI; Erin McGinley 2-for-4, RBI; Shannon McGinley 1-for-3, run; Taylor McElhaney 1-for-3, RBI; Williams 1-for-3, run; Daniella Chavez 1-for-4.
Kansas 7, UNLV 3
UNLV 010 100 1 — 3 5 1
Kansas 300 000 4 — 7 10 1
W — Monique Wesley (1-0). L — Alyssa Batastini (1-2).
2B — Erin McGinley, Harli Ridling, KU; Jadelyn Yadao-Valdez, UNLV; 3B — Batastini, UNLV. HR — Ridling, KU.
KU highlights — Ridling 2-for-4, 6 RBIs; Shannon McGinley 2-for-3, run; Erin McGinley 2-for-3, 2 runs, RBI; Briana Evans 2-for-3.