Jacksonville, Fla. Kansas University’s softball team set a school record for consecutive victories on Saturday at the Osprey Classic, winning its 18th and 19th straight games.
The Jayhawks (19-2) started off the day with a 1-0 victory over North Florida that broke the record previously held by the 1992 KU team, which won 17 games in a row.
Freshman pitcher Alicia Pille threw her sixth complete-game shutout of the season. Pille, who owns a 9-2 record, has not allowed an earned run in 28 innings. Kansas’ lone run came in the first inning, when Maggie Hull took off for home plate after North Florida committed an error on Liz Kocon’s hit.
“It wasn’t our best game and wasn’t a dynamic game for us in terms of offensive performance but we got the run we needed,” KU coach Megan Smith said, “and Alicia really gutted it out and showed toughness today in the circle.”
In the second game of the day, Kansas again benefited from strong pitching, this time from Morgan Druhan, and the Jayhawks beat Delaware State, 6-1.
Druhan, who holds a 6-0 record, threw 11 strikeouts, gave up just two hits and did not allow an earned run.
Hull led the KU offense against Delaware State, going 3-for-4 at the plate. Mariah Montgomery and Maddie Stein drove in two runs apiece.
The Jayhawks will take on North Florida again at 9 a.m. today, on the third and final day at the UNF Softball Complex.