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Jayhawks open softball season with two wins

February 9, 2013

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— Kansas University’s softball team opened its season Friday with a pair of victories. The Jayhawks defeated North Carolina State, 8-0, and Florida International, 6-3.

Three hits and three RBIs from senior left fielder Maggie Hull backed by a one-hitter from sophomore Alicia Pille powered the Jayhawks past N.C. State in the opener.

Kansas needed just six innings to crank out eight runs and 11 hits to defeat N.C. State in a shortened six-inning contest. The game saw the debut of three Jayhawk newcomers in freshmen Chaley Brickey and Alex Hugo as well as junior transfer Taylor Hatfield, who started at the designated player spot.

It also saw the return of redshirt junior Alex Jones, who missed 2012 because of an ACL tear. In her first game back, the team captain went 2-for-3 and scored a game-high three runs. Fellow captain Hull ignited the offense with two doubles, a single, two runs scored and three RBIs.

Pille carried a no-hitter into the bottom of the fifth before yielding just one single. She pitched the fourth one-hitter of her career, striking out eight while walking three.

In KU’s win over Florida International, freshman catcher Hugo connected on her second home run of the game to break a seventh-inning tie and hand Kansas the game.

“We’re fighters. That’s what we do,” KU coach Megan Smith said. “We work extremely hard, and the girls never quit and you saw that tonight. That was big, big hit from Alex Hugo ... I said she was going to be a special player and she was today.”

Five different Jayhawks collected multiple hits in the victory.

The Jayhawks (2-0) will face Georgetown at 9 a.m. today before starting bracket play this afternoon.

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