DeLand, Fla. Kansas University’s softball team is 10-0 and 2-for-2.
The Jayhawks routed Stetson, 8-0, in six innings in the championship of the Stetson Hatter Invitational championship game on Sunday to claim their second tournament title in two weeks.
KU (10-0) hit three home runs in blanking Stetson (3-5).
Sophomore Alex Jones pitched all six innings for the Jayhawks to pick up her first win of the season. Jones struck out a career-high eight batters and also went 2-for-4 from the plate.
Nine Jayhawks combined for 12 hits, including home runs from senior Brittany Hile, junior Liz Kocon and sophomore Mariah Montgomery. Kocon and sophomore Maggie Hull joined Jones with multiple hits, as each had two.
Hile got the offense started when she hit her fourth home run of the weekend in the bottom of the third. Later in the inning, Montgomery also homered, her fourth of the season, to plate sophomore Rosie Hull and give KU a 3-0 lead.
Maggie Hull added a run in the next frame. She singled to the first baseman and beat the flip to the bag. Freshman Ashley Newman scooted her over a bag with a sacrifice bunt, and junior Marissa Ingle advanced Hull to third base with her single to shallow right field. Eventually, Maggie Hull slid home after a wild pitch, expanding the Jayhawks’ lead to 4-0 after four innings.
Kocon moved into a tie for sixth on the Kansas career home runs list when she hit her 18th career homer in the fifth inning, a one-out, solo shot to right field.
Kocon and freshman Kendra Cullum then helped end the game after six innings due to run-rule when the pair drove in three runs in the final frame to set the margin. Kocon’s single through the right side plated Rosie Hull and Jones, while Cullum’s single over the shortstop’s head drove home Montgomery.
Kansas will play in the UNCG Spartan Classic Friday-Sunday in Greensboro, N.C.