The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, and the sound of a ball pinging off a bat punctuates the blaring music: It must be opening day for KU baseball and softball at Hoglund and Arrocha ballparks.
Hoglund Ballpark, named for former player and longtime KU volunteer leader Forrest Hoglund, e’56, has been the home of the Kansas baseball team for more than 25 seasons. The ballpark continues to undergo improvements to remain one of the finest college baseball facilities in the area. The Jayhawks hosted Oral Roberts March 11, when a late two-run rally in the eighth inning handed the Jayhawks their fourth loss of the season, 7-8. Junior left-fielder Michael Suiter continues to impress with his offensive performance, going 2-for-3.
The baseball team is back in action on Friday March 14, opening Big 12 play against No. 10 Texas.
Arrocha Ballpark, home of the softball team, is named for Demostenes Arrocha, the father of KU alumna Cheryl Womack, d’75. The softball team hosted South Dakota State March 11 in a doubleheader. A bright spot for the Jayhawks continues to be sophomore shortstop Chaley Brickey, who blasted a two-run homerun, her sixth on the season. The Jayhawks needed only five innings to shutout South Dakota State in each game, 8-0, 8-0.
Brickey, a native of Haltom City, Texas (pictured), was named Co-Big 12 Player of the Week for the week ending on March 9. It is the first weekly conference honor for Brickey who is the first Jayhawk to earn the accolade this season. She helped the Jayhawks to a 4-1 record over the weekend with three doubles, three home runs and six RBI’s. Brickey is also performing well on defense, recording five putouts, eights assists and perfect fielding percentage in five starts.
The softball team hosts the Jayhawk Invitational March 14-16.
– Leah Kohlman