DeLand, Fla. Brittany Hile hit a two-run home run, and Kendra Cullum drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the eighth inning to help lift Kansas University’s softball team to an 11-8 victory over Stetson on Saturday evening to keep its win streak alive at 9-0, the best start in program history.
Earlier Saturday, the Jayhawks had six home runs in a 17-7 rout of Bethune-Cookman.
With the night game tied 8-8 after seven innings, Hile launched her second homer of the day and fourth of the weekend over the left-field fence to give Kansas a 10-8 advantage. Cullum walked in one last run for the Jayhawks following a pair of singles and base on balls.
Senior Allie Clark earned her second-straight win of the day as she improved to 5-0. Clark tossed the final 41⁄3 innings, allowing just one hit and no runs while fanning two batters.
Seven Jayhawks combined for 12 hits, led by sophomore Rosie Hull’s 3-for-4 outing at the plate.
In the early game, KU had 18 hits — its most since 19 against UMKC on March 28, 2006.
Junior Liz Kocon had two homers, while Hile, Marissa Ingle, Montgomery and Laura Vickers also hit home runs.
KU will face Stetson again today in the championship game.
Kansas 17, Bethune-Cookman 7
Bethune-Cookman 003 40 — 7 9 4
Kansas 720 35 — 17 18 2
W — Allie Clark, 4-0. L — Tolbert, 0-2. Sv. — Ashley Spencer, 1.
Kansas highlights — Marissa Ingle 4-for-4, 2 R, HR, 6 RBIs; Liz Kocon 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBIs; Laura Vickers 2-for-3, 3 R, HR, RBI; Brittany Hile 2-for-3, R, HR, 3 RBIs; Rosie Hull 2-for-4, R; Alex Jones 2-for-3, R; Maggie Hull 2-for-4, 2 R, RBI; Mariah Montgomery 1-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBIs.
Kansas 11, Stetson 8, 8 innings
Kansas 402 020 03 — 11 12 3
Stetson 223 100 00 — 8 11 0
W — Clark, 5-0. L — Gunby.
Kansas highlights — R. Hull 3-for-4, 2 R; Montgomery 2-for-3, 2 R; M. Hull 2-for- 5, 2 R, HR, 5 RBIs; Ashley Newman 2-for-4, R, 2 RBIs; Hile 1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBIs.