Junior hurler Alicia Pille's sixth shutout of the season paced Kansas to a, 5-0, victory over UMKC on Tuesday evening at Missouri 3&2 Complex.
Pille, a Royce City, Texas, native, had a perfect game intact with two outs to go in the seventh inning before the Kangaroos recorded their lone hit. Pille sat down 19 batters in order in her one-hitter and faced a total of 22 batters, which is one over the minimum.
In her 15th start of the season, Pille struck out eight and tossed seven scoreless innings. Her ERA dropped to 2.02 on the year after hurling a complete-game shutout. The shutout over the 'Roos marks the second-straight shutout for Pille and the Jayhawks over UMKC dating back to the last appearance in 2013. With the win, Pille improves to 10-3 on the season.
After a seven-game lull of driving in a run, junior right fielder Connor McKay picked himself up with an explosive week at the plate against Iowa and conference foe TCU. In 20 at bats, McKay recorded seven hits (.350), including a double and four home runs for four RBIs and five runs scored.
Against TCU, McKay boasted a 1.273 slugging percentage and .364 (4-for-11) batting average after taking the Horned Frog pitching staff deep three times, including twice in the night cap of Saturday’s doubleheader. The Frogs have given up just nine home runs on the season, and McKay is responsible for a third of them.
With his performance this past week, the Parker, Colo., native now leads the Big 12 in home runs (9), RBIs (38), slugging percentage (.611) and ranks second in total bases (80).
His two home runs in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader was the first time a Jayhawk went yard twice in a game since May 11, 2013, when Alex DeLeon accomplished the same feat against in-state rival Kansas State.