The KU softball team launched its season Feb. 7 in Orlando, Fla., at the UCF Knights Invitational. Unfortunately, rain doused two of the five scheduled games.
Their first game against the UCF Knights was a battle of the pitchers. Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Kessler faced 20 batters over six innings, allowing just one hit, but the Jayhawks struggled to score, stranding a total of seven runners in the 1-0 loss to the Knights.
Against the University of South Dakota, three Jayhawks connected on two hits each; they were center fielder Alex Jones, shortstop Chaley Brickey and designated hitter Taylor Hatfield. Unfortunately, the team scored only one one run on eight hits, leaving 12 runners on base. KU fell to South Dakota, 1-5.
After rain canceled Feb. 8 games against LIU Brooklyn and Fordham University, the Jayhawks came out on top in a pitchers’ duel with Tennessee-Chattanooga, 1-0. Kessler recorded a career-best 15 strikeouts to earn the eighth shutout of her career. First baseman Maddie Stein led the team with two hits and one RBI.
The team is back in action this weekend, heading to Charleston, S.C., for the College of Charleston Classic. In addition to the hometown team, the Jayhawks will take on Fordham University, the University of Mississippi, Western Carolina University and DePaul University.