Greenville, S.C. Kansas University collected eight runs off seven hits in the third inning of an 11-1, run-rule-shortened softball rout of Furman on Sunday at Pepsi Stadium.
The Jayhawks (26-11) had four doubles and a home run to back starter Alicia Pille (10-6). Pille surrendered just one unearned run off three hits over the full five innings. She walked none and struck out 10.
“We challenged them last night after a really flat day yesterday, and they responded really well,” KU coach Megan Smith said. “We challenged them to come out with more energy, and you can see the results when we come out and play that way.”
Chanin Naudin hit a two-run home run in the third, Ashley Newman was 3-for-3, and Chaley Brickey, Mariah Montgomery and Maggie Hull each had two of Kansas’ 13 hits.
Montgomery and Hull — locked in a battle for the school career RBI crown — each had a double and scored two runs. Montgomery had two RBIs and 129 for her career. Hull has 133, just two short of Liz Kocon’s record.
Furman fell to 22-19.
Kansas will travel Wednesday to Lincoln, Neb., to face Nebraska.
Kansas 218 00 — 11 13 1
Furman 100 00 — 1 3 2
W — Alicia Pille, 10-6. L — Shelby Parker, 4-5.
2B —Maggie Hull, Chaley Brickey, Maddie Stein, Mariah Montgomery, KU. HR — Chanin Naudin, KU.
KU highlights — Pille 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 Ks; Ashley Newman 3-for-3, R; Brickey 2-for-2, R, 2 RBIs; Mongtomery 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBIs; Hull 2-for-3, 2 R, RBI; Naudin 1-for-3, R, 2 RBIs.