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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Kansas softball takes twinbill from Evansville

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Lily Behrmann hit a two-run, game-winning home run in the bottom of the 10th inning, and Kansas University’s softball team defeated Evansville, 4-2, to complete a doubleheader sweep Tuesday at Arrocha Ballpark.

Andie Formby pitched a three-hitter as KU won the opener, 7-0.

Formby, who was named co-Big 12 pitcher of the week on Tuesday, started the first game against Evansville and threw her sixth complete-game shutout of the season.

“My teammates make it easy,” Formby said. “The defense is excellent, which is really helpful. Plus, our offense has been scoring a lot of runs, so I can put a lot of trust into the team to make it easy.”

Formby (11-2) pitched six innings of scoreless relief in the second game. She struck out 13 in 13 innings in the doubleheader.

“Andie is doing phenomenal and is one of the hardest workers on our team,” KU coach Megan Smith said. “She has been one of the hardest workers since she got here and this fall. We are seeing the dividends of that right now pay off for her, not just her but our whole team. There were some tense situations, especially in the second game, and she came through big time for us.”

Chaley Brickey homered for KU in the opener, and Daniella Chavez, in addition to Behrmann, homered in the nightcap. Behrmann was 4-for-6 with three RBIs for the day.

“We looked pretty sharp in the first game and relied on our pitching and defense to get through the second,” Smith said. “I was disappointed in our offense in the second game, but loved the fact that our defense and pitching kept us in it so we could figure out a way to win.”

The Jayhawks (19-10) will host Wichita State at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Kansas 7, Evansville 0

Evansville 000 000 0 — 0 3 4

Kansas 203 002 x — 7 11 1

W — Andie Formby (10-2). L — Amanda Blankenship (3-7).

2B — Erin McGinley, Daniella Chavez, Taylor McElhaney, KU. HR — Chaley Brickey, KU.

KU highlights — Erin McGinley 2-for-4, run; Brickey 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Lily Behrmann 2-for-4, run, RBI.

Kansas 4, Evansville 2

Evansville 000 200 000 0 — 2 6 2

Kansas 200 000 000 2 — 4 7 0

W — Formby (11-2). L — Morgan Florey (5-3).

2B — Danielle Freeman, Courtney Land, E; Harli Ridling, KU. HR — Daniella Chavez, Lily Behrmann, KU.

KU highlights — Behrmann 2-for-2, run, 2 RBIs; Ridling 2-for-5, run, 2 RBIs.

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