Kessler, KU softball shut out SIUE

Monday, February 24, 2014

— Kansas University sophomore pitcher Kelsey Kessler earned her second victory of the weekend against SIU Edwardsville, 5-0 on Sunday at the Jackson State softball tournament.

Kessler, who went 10 innings in a 4-3 victory against SIUE on Friday, retired 13 straight batters to close out the game on Sunday. She allowed just two hits, walked one and struck out five to improve to 4-3 on the season.

Senior outfielder Taylor Hatfield had three of KU’s nine hits and one RBI in a four-run fifth inning. In the same inning, with the bases loaded, junior infielder Chanin Naudin smashed a two-out double into left-centerfield, clearing the bases. KU’s only other run came in the fourth inning when sophomore infielder Chaley Brickey took advantage of an SIUE fielding error.

The Jayhawks (8-5) travel to Carbondale, Ill., on March 1 for the Coach B Classic.

SIUE 000 000 0 — 0 2 1

Kansas 000 140 X — 5 9 0

W — Kelsey Kessler, 4-3. L — Erin Greenwalt, 1-4. SV — None.

2B — Chanin Naudin, Kansas.

Kansas highlights — Kessler 7 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 R; Taylor Hatfield 3-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 R; Maddie Stein 2-for-4, 1 R; Ashley Newman 2-for-3, 1 R; Naudin 1-for-2, 3 RBI.