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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Kansas softball falls short, 4-2

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Chaley Brickey went 3-for-3, and Monique Wesley pitched five scoreless innings in relief, but Kansas University’s softball team dropped a 4-2 decision to Minnesota in the Rock Chalk Challenge on Saturday at Arrocha Ballpark.

After Minnesota took a 4-0 lead with three runs in the third inning, KU scored twice in the bottom of the third when Brickey doubled home a run and Lily Behrmann walked with the bases loaded.

Andie Formby (8-2) pitched the first two innings and took the loss. Wesley allowed just two hits over the final five innings.

“Andie, obviously, didn’t have the start that any of us wanted, but it’s great when you can go to the bullpen and they do their job,” KU coach Megan Smith said. “Monique came in and went right at them. I felt like for her to be able to go in and throw quality pitches gave us a chance to win the game. Lots of credit to Monique today. She threw well. Offensively, we had some good at-bats, and the top of our order came through. We had some clutch situations and just didn’t get it done.”

The No. 22-ranked Gophers improved to 18-9.

The Jayhawks (16-10) will host Saint Louis at 3 p.m. today.

Minnesota 013 000 0 — 4 8 1

Kansas 002 000 0 — 2 8 0

W — Sara Groebewegen (13-4). L — Andie Formby (8-2).

2B — Sydney Dwyer, M; Chaley Brickey, Jessie Roane, KU. HR — Taylor McMay (1), M.

KU highlights — Brickey 3-for-3, RBI; Erin McGinley 2-for-3, run; Lily Behrmann 1-for-2, RBI; Shannon McGinley 1-for-3, run; Monique Wesley pitched 5 scoreless innings in relief.

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