Jayhawks Head To Hawaii
March 15, 2006
HONOLULU, Hawaii -
KANSAS QUICK HITS
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
HAWAI'I... Despite having much of their Hawaiian Airlines Spring Fling Tournament rained out last weekend, the Rainbow Wahine (12-10) have won three of their last five and are enjoying their fourth home series in the Bank of Hawaii Invitational this week. Hawai'i is led by first baseman Tyleen Tausaga, who has a team-best 23 hits and .371 batting average in 21 starts this season. A total of five Wahine are hitting above .338 for an offense batting .287 as a squad. Justine Smethhurst (5-5) handles the majority of the pitching duties for UH and has a 2.69 ERA and 49 strikeouts through 65.0 innings. Courtney Baughman (4-2) and Jessica Morton (2-2) have a combined 58.2 innings between them and contribute to UH's 3.10 team ERA. KU is 2-1 against the Wahine.
LONGWOOD... The Lancers (10-11) stopped a four-game skid Saturday with a 4-0 win over Detroit Mercy in its final game of the Hawaiian Airlines Spring Fling Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii, last week. Longwood, located in Farmville, Va., arrived in Hawaii March 7 and will remain on the island until the conclusion of the Bank of Hawaii Invitational March 18. Centerfielder Caitlin Hooe leads the Lancer offense with 23 hits and a .359 batting average in 21 starts this season. Hooe also has a team-best five doubles and three homers on the season. Rachel Mills (8-9) is Longwood's ace this season with a 2.01 ERA through 19 appearances and 97.1 innings. Longwood is currently in year three of its Division I Reclassification process, which is scheduled for September 2007.
NORTHWESTERN... The Wildcats (10-6) are ranked 16th in this week's NFCA/USA Today Coaches' poll. NU went 2-2 in the Worth Invitational in Fullerton, Calif., defeating Texas Tech (7-0) and host Cal State Fullerton (4-0) and lost to #3 Tennessee and #5 Stanford. The Wildcats are hitting .252 as a team and are led by shortstop Tammy Williams, who posts a .392 batting average and 20 hits in 16 starts. NU utilizes just two pitchers in Eileen Canney (3-2) and Courtnay Foster (7-4). Canney has a team-best 80 Ks and 1.80 ERA in 54.1 innings while Foster is close behind with 63 strikeouts and 1.86 ERA in 52.2 innings. NU leads the all-time series with KU, 6-2, and has not lost to the Jayhawks since Feb. 7, 2004.
OKLAHOMA STATE... The Cowgirls (11-11) and Jayhawks face off for a non-conference meeting for the second straight season. KU defeated Nebraska on March 5 to catch a glimpse of the Huskers before Big 12 play and will have the same opportunity with OSU this weekend. The Cowgirls are riding a four-game win streak. Catcher Courtney Totte leads the offense with a .348 batting average, 24 hits and 19 RBI through 22 starts. Veteran Jessica Hoppock (5-7) pitches the majority of OSU's innings (79.0) and has 86 strikeouts and a 4.08 ERA. Newcomers Kristi Giustozzi (3-0) and Chelsey Barclay (3-4) have a combined 68.2 innings between them. OSU leads the all-time series against KU, 54-33.
SAN DIEGO STATE... The Aztecs (14-5) have won four of their last six games and are 12-4 at home this season. Designated player Megan McDonald leads the SDSU offense (.281) with a .381 batting average and 13 RBI at the plate in 16 starts this season. Sophomore Christina Ross (6-3), who transferred to SDSU this season after a successful freshman campaign at Kansas in 2005, holds a team-best 0.94 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 52.0 innings. Three other Aztecs make up an SDSU pitching staff that carries a 2.09 ERA and holds opponents to a .243 hitting percentage. The KU/SDSU all-time series is ted a 1-1.