Recap: Saturday action

Shelby Noonan competed at Zone D diving, baseball team had a decisive win, and softball lost two games.

Freshman Competes Well at Zone Diving

Houston, Texas - University of Kansas freshman diver Shelby Noonan finished 12th in the one-meter and three-meter competition at the Zone D Diving Championships. Noonan recorded scores of 453.73 in the one-meter and 418.40 in the three-meter.

Noonan holds the top scores in the one-meter and three-meter events for KU this season.

"This was a tough, talented field," diving coach Brad Szurgot said. "The judging panel was very critical and was not lenient. I was happy with her performance as a freshman. She has gained a ton of experience and impressed a lot of coaches at this meet. I am excited to see what she can do in her future years at Kansas."

KU Baseball Tops Arkansas-Little Rock

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Junior Clint Schambach's starting performance, coupled with four Jayhawks garnering multiple hit efforts, pushed the Kansas baseball team past the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans, 14-2, on Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark. The win, KU's fourth in-a-row, advanced its record to 17-8-1.

The Trojans drew first blood in the second inning after Schambach allowed an RBI-double down the right-field line. Schambach, a native of Elgin, Ill., went on to allow only one more hit through a career-high seven innings of work and picked up his second win of the season.

The Jayhawks answered in their half of the second when junior catcher Sean Richardson, who finished the day 2-for-3, drove in sophomore second baseman Matt Baty and junior centerfielder J.C. Sibley with a two-out single.

Kansas blew the contest wide open in the third by scoring five runs on three hits and two Trojan errors. Junior designated hitter Travis Dunlap drove in two of the five runs with a double down the right-field line.

KU pounded out a total of six doubles in the game, two of which came in the fifth. Senior first baseman Ryan Baty drove in one run with a double to center, and junior third baseman Travis Metcalf followed later in the inning with an RBI-double to put the 'Hawks in front, 10-1.

UALR posted its final run in the seventh before KU answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning. Senior Matt Tribble, who finished the day 2-for-6, extended his hit streak to 17 games with a double in the seventh.

Kansas tacked on three more in the eighth on two more doubles and an RBI-groundout from Ryan Baty to make the final score, 14-2.

The Jayhawk wrap-up the Arkansas-Little Rock series tomorrow, March 14, in Hoglund Ballpark. Junior LHP Mike Zagurski (2-0, 3.54 ERA) will take the hill for KU on Family Day at the yard. Two adults and two children can pay only $12 for admission and kids can run the bases following the game set to begin at 1 p.m.

Softball drops two

Carbondale, Ill. - The University of Kansas softball team dropped two games on Day One in the Saluki Round Robin at West Stadium, March 13. The Jayhawks (13-8) lost to DePaul 4-3 in their first game and Southern Illinois 4-2 in game two.

DePaul began the scoring early with two runs in the top of the first. Linda Seka started the Blue Demon offense with a double to center and then stole third base. After a one-out walk Christina Roberson doubled down the left field line off freshman pitcher Kassie Humphreys (7-4), to put DePaul up 2-0.

KU pushed a runner across the plate in the bottom of the third. With one out Mel Wallach singled up the middle for the Jayhawks' first hit of the afternoon. After a Nicole Washburn walk, Dani May hit a shot back to the pitcher. The pitcher was unable to record the out at third and Wallach scored on the error.

Down 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth, KU rallied to take a one-run lead. Ashley Frazer ignited the rally with a leadoff single to right. Wallach bunted her over to second. Washburn singled down the left field line to put runners at second and third with one out. Destiny Frankenstein came through with a two-out double scoring both runners to give KU a 3-2 lead.

DePaul answered with two runs in the top of the seventh. After a leadoff single and a groundout, Secka belted a homerun to right field, scoring the winning run, making it 4-3 DePaul.

Humphreys struck out seven, while surrendering eight hits in the losing effort. Frankenstein led the Kansas offense with a double and two RBI.

In game two Southern Illinois jumped out to a one run lead in the top of the first. Lauren Roney began the inning with a single up the middle. KU pitcher Kara Pierce (6-4) was able to retire the next two batters before Kate Jordan legged out an infield single. Haley Viefhaus followed with an RBI single to put the Salukis up 1-0.

Down 3-0, Kansas cut into the SIU lead with a run in the bottom of the sixth. Wallach smashed a double down the left field line to open the inning. Southern Illinois pitcher Amy Harre retired the next two KU hitters. Then Frankenstein laced a single through the left side of the infield bringing home Wallach, making the score 3-1.

After SIU scored one in the top of the seventh, KU threatened in its half of the inning. Jessica Moppin started the rally with a walk and advanced to third after two Jayhawk groundouts. Ashley Frazer singled off the pitcher to put runners on the corners with two outs. Wallach singled to left field to score Moppin and cut the Salukia lead in half. SIU brought in Alison Thompson to close out the game and the ‘Hawks were unable to score again falling 4-2.

Pierce struck out nine Salukias, while only walking one in the losing effort. Wallach and Frankenstein led the KU attack with two hits each.

KU is scheduled to face Illinois State at 12 p.m. and Tennessee Tech at 4 p.m. in the Saluki Round Robin, Sunday.


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