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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Kansas softball takes two wins

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— Kansas University’s softball team swept a pair of games Saturday. The Jayhawks defeated Eastern Illinois, 3-2, and Butler, 5-3.

A two-run home run by Chaley Brickey in the seventh inning sent KU past Butler.

“That was big,” KU coach Megan Smith said. “We want the bat in her hands with runners on as much as we can get. She had a lot of opportunities in that game, and that’s saying a lot of the top of our order, getting on for her. It was a tough game and a really close game, so that was big for her to do that.”

In KU’s victory over Eastern Illinois, senior Monique Wesley pitched a complete game, allowing six hits and raising her record to 2-0.

“Monique did well today,” Smith said. “She didn’t have her best stuff, but she gutted it out and did really well. She was moving her pitches well enough to get good outs for us, and our defense did really well behind her. Aside from that one hit in the first inning, I thought she did a great job.”

Brickey hit three doubles for the Jayhawks.

Kansas 3, Eastern Illinois 2

E. Illinois 200 000 0 — 2 6 0

Kansas 102 000 x — 3 6 0

W — Monique Wesley (2-0). L — Jessice Wireman (3-11).

2B — Katie Watson, EI; Chaley Brickey 3, Shannon McGinley, KU. HR — Kylie Bennett, EI.

KU highlights — Brickey 3-for-4, run; S. McGinley 1-for-2, 2 runs; Erin McGinley 1-for-3, RBI; Daniella Chavez 1-for-4; Harli Ridling RBI.

Kansas 5, Butler 3

Kansas 012 000 2 — 5 6 1

Butler 201 000 0 — 3 5 1

W — Andie Formby. L — Kristin Gutierrez. Save — Monique Wesley (1).

2B — Daniella Chavez, KU; Brandyce Sallee, B; HR — Chaley Brickey, Harli Ridling, KU.

KU highlights — Brickey 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Chavez 1-for-3, 2 RBIs.

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