When the Kansas softball team fails to advance its baserunners in scoring position at least one base, coach Kalum Haack makes them run four sprints after the game.
Last weekend, Haack said, the Jayhawks ran 60 sprints, even though they swept a doubleheader from Friends University in Wichita. On Friday at Jayhawk field, the KU players ran just 12 sprints after a 9-0 run-rule shortened victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay.
"We didn't play the best we could," said KU third baseman Camille Spitaleri. "That's why we were running after the game. We left our runners on base. We aren't coming through in the clutch. But we are hitting better."
FOR EVIDENCE there's Spitaleri, who went three for three including a three-run triple in the fourth inning. "I've just changed my mental attitude," Spitaleri said. "I'm more relaxed at the plate."
Kansas tagged pitcher Jodi Radies for eight hits. She walked one and fanned none. Roanna Brazier, 12-2, earned the win by allowing just two hits. She walked one and struck out five.
"This was one of the best ball games we've played all year," Haack said. "Our hitting was excellent. What I think helped our hitting was our base running. They knew we had good team speed and that we had aggressive base runners. I think that forced them into some errors."
Green Bay, now 3-7, had five errors, Kansas none.
"We were tired of practicing," said Spitaleri, alluding to the two doubleheaders that were canceled this week due to inclement weather, forcing the team indoors for practice.
"WE WANTED to get out and play," she continued. "They could have played their best game today and I think we still would have beaten 'em. When we play like we did today, we're tough to beat."
Kansas, now 17-12, was scheduled to play today and Sunday in the Jayhawk Invitational. KU was slated to face Kearney State this morning, then Wisconsin-Green Bay at 1 p.m. and Iowa at 3:30 p.m.
Jodi Radies and Chris Brown; Roanna Brazier and Jodi Hoyer, Kathy Hill (5). W Brazier, 12-2. L Radies.
2B Brown, WGB. 3B Camille Spitaleri, Kansas.