Jackson, Miss. Kansas University sophomore pitcher Kelsey Kessler earned her second victory of the weekend against SIU Edwardsville, 5-0 on Sunday at the Jackson State softball tournament.
Kessler, who went 10 innings in a 4-3 victory against SIUE on Friday, retired 13 straight batters to close out the game on Sunday. She allowed just two hits, walked one and struck out five to improve to 4-3 on the season.
Senior outfielder Taylor Hatfield had three of KU’s nine hits and one RBI in a four-run fifth inning. In the same inning, with the bases loaded, junior infielder Chanin Naudin smashed a two-out double into left-centerfield, clearing the bases. KU’s only other run came in the fourth inning when sophomore infielder Chaley Brickey took advantage of an SIUE fielding error.
The Jayhawks (8-5) travel to Carbondale, Ill., on March 1 for the Coach B Classic.
SIUE 000 000 0 — 0 2 1
Kansas 000 140 X — 5 9 0
W — Kelsey Kessler, 4-3. L — Erin Greenwalt, 1-4. SV — None.
2B — Chanin Naudin, Kansas.
Kansas highlights — Kessler 7 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 R; Taylor Hatfield 3-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 R; Maddie Stein 2-for-4, 1 R; Ashley Newman 2-for-3, 1 R; Naudin 1-for-2, 3 RBI.