Corpus Christi, Texas Kansas University scored 14 runs on 14 hits and held winless Southern to just one hit in five run-ruled innings on Saturday at the Islanders Softball Classic.
Junior Alex Jones (3-0, seven strikeouts, three walks) picked up the shutout victory for Kansas, which improved to 3-0 at the tournament and 10-3 overall. Kendyl Stevenson took the loss for Southern (0-14).
Sophomore catcher Maddie Stein led the Jayhawks on offense, tallying a career-high six RBIs on 3-for-6 batting, including two doubles. Junior second baseman Alex Newman was a perfect 3-for-3, and a pair of freshmen knocked in home runs for the Jayhawks. Catcher/designated player Alex Hugo blasted a three-run homer in the top of the first, and pinch hitter Kylee Kennedy hit a two-run home run in her first career at-bat, in the top of the fifth.
Kansas will go for a sweep of the Islanders Classic at 9 a.m. today against New Mexico.
Kansas 400 55 — 14 14 0
Southern 000 00 — 0 1 1
W — Alex Jones, 3-0. L — Kendyl Stevenson, 0-3. SV — none.
2B — Maddie Stein (2), Kansas; Mariah Montgomery, Kansas. HR — Alex Hugo, Kansas; Kylee Kennedy, Kansas.
Kansas highlights — Maddie Stein 3-for-4, 2 2B, 6 RBI; Ashley Newman 3-for-3; Alex Hugo 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI; Mariah Montgomery 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Kylee Kennedy 1-for-1, HR, 2 RBI; Maggie Hull 0-for-2, 2 BB, 1 RBI.