Kansas Ends Hilton Classic with 5-0 Win

<strong>LAS CRUCES, N.M.</strong> &ndash; The University of Kansas softball team shut out Utah Valley State, 5-0, on Sunday to end play at the Hilton Classic. The Jayhawks (4-5) finished 4-1 in the tournament.

Kansas struck first in the opening inning. With bases loaded, junior Jessica Moppin doubled to right center to score juniors Destiny Frankenstein and Heather Stanley, who both reached on a fielder’s choice.

The Jayhawks increased their lead to five in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three runs of three hits. Moppin led off the inning with a single, and with one out, freshman Elle Pottorf notched her first career home run.

Junior Ashley Frazer reached on an error and advanced to second and freshman Jackie Vasquez singled up the middle to bring her home and give KU the 5-0 lead.

Freshman Christina Ross (2-1) struck out two, walked three and allowed just three hits in seven innings for her second win of the tournament. On the season, she leads KU with a 0.98 earned run average.

Moppin led the Jayhawk offense with three hits in three at-bats. KU totaled eight hits but left seven on base and was errorless in the win.

Junior pitcher/designated player Serena Settlemier (1-2) had the flu and did not play in the tournament.

“I was really pleased with our overall team performance this weekend,” head coach Tracy Bunge said. “ We swung the bats well and have been consistent, which I am most excited about. We now have a break to look forward to, which comes at a good time. This will give us time to regroup and get over the flu bug. We also now have a good idea of where we are and what we need to work on.”

The Jayhawks are off until Feb. 25-27 when they compete at the prestigious Palm Springs Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.


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