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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Ridling’s slam lifts KU softball

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— 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.

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