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KU softball wins two at FAU tourney

March 9, 2013

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— Kansas University sophomore third baseman Chanin Naudin drilled a double to right center field in the bottom of the seventh, and two wild pitches later sprinted home for the winning run over Michigan State, 1-0, at the FAU Invitational Friday night.

KU sophomore Alicia Pille (6-3) threw a complete game and a shutout, the 11th of her career and third of the season. Pille surrendered three hits, walked none and struck out five, which moved her onto the Kansas top-10 career strikeout list (249).

After surrendering a leadoff single, Pille retired nine consecutive Spartans.

Naudin went 2-for-3 at the plate, both doubles.

In the seventh inning, she moved to third base on a wild pitch by Michigan State pitcher Kelly Smith. Smith then intended to intentionally walk Alex Jones but threw another wild pitch into the dugout, allowing Naudin to score.

In KU’s victory over Eastern Michigan, Maggie Hull, Chaley Brickey and Alex Hugo had three hits apiece.

KU earned its 11th run-rule victory of the season, collecting 16 hits. Freshman starter Kelsey Kessler (5-2) pitched her second shutout of the season, striking out nine in five innings.

Kansas plays back-to-back games today, facing Ball State at 3 p.m. and host team Florida Atlantic around 5 p.m.

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