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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Kansas softball divides pair

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Northern Iowa ended the Kansas University softball team’s winning streak at seven games with a 4-2 victory Saturday at Arrocha Ballpark.

The Jayhawks defeated Western Illinois, 4-1, earlier Saturday.

Northern Iowa jumped to a 4-0 lead in the third inning and held on. Monique Wesley (4-1) took the loss.

The Jayhawks had the winning run on first base in the seventh inning, but their rally fell short.

“Definitely not satisfied with losing the game,” KU coach Megan Smith said. “But, I was pleased to see how much fight we had in the middle and toward the end of that game. We were in it, we were passionate and fighting to the end. It was a fun game, even though we lost. It was a fun game to see our team fight.”

KU managed just five hits.

The split gives Kansas a 14-9 record entering today’s 2 p.m. game against Nebraska-Omaha.

Kansas 4, W. Illinois 1

W. Illinois 010 000 0 — 1 5 2

Kansas 100 012 x — 4 10 0

W — Andie Formby (6-1). L — Stulga (1-1).

2B — Daniella Chavez, Taylor Dodson, Taylor McElhaney, KU.

KU highlights — Chavez 3-for-3, 2 RBIs; Erin McGinley 2-for-3, 2 runs, RBI; Chaley Brickey 2-for-3; Shannon McGinley 1-for-4, run.

KU record — 14-8. Western Illinois record — 6-14.

Northern Iowa 4, Kansas 2

N. Iowa 103 000 0 — 4 10 2

Kansas 000 002 0 — 2 5 0

W — Chelsea Ross (8-3). L — Monique Wesley (4-1). Save — Aylssa Buchanan (1).

KU highlights — Harli Ridling 1-for-3, RBI; Daniella Chavez 1-for-4, RBI; Shannon McGinley 1-for-3, run; Lily Behrman 1-for-2; Erin McGinley 1-for-4.

KU record — 14-9. Northern Iowa record — 19-6.

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