Jacksonville, Fla. Junior Marissa Ingle hit a grand slam while freshman pitcher Kristin Martinez limited Jacksonville to two hits in her first collegiate start as the Kansas University softball team improved to 4-0 on the season with a 6-1 victory.
Earlier Saturday, KU defeated Bethune-Cookman, 5-0, in day two of the Jacksonville University Tournament.
Martinez tossed all seven innings, fanning six batters and walking two. She almost earned a shutout, but Jacksonville’s Katie Kelly tagged a pitch in the top of the sixth inning for a solo home run. It was one of just two Dolphins hits.
Offensively, Kansas made the most of its five hits and also took advantage of two Dolphin miscues on the field. Ingle led the Jayhawks with two hits.
In the first game, senior Allie Clark threw a complete-game shutout, while junior Liz Kocon went 2-for-2, including a solo home run.
Clark gave up just two hits with the help of solid defensive play behind her. No Bethune-Cookman base-runner advanced past second base. Clark improved to 2-0, striking out five batters and walking four.
Kansas wraps up its first weekend of play today when it takes on Buffalo for the second time during the tournament.