Kansas No-Hits Texas Tech to Sweep Series|
April 7, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Kelsey Kessler tossed Kansas' first no-hitter since 2007 Sunday afternoon as the Jayhawks completed a three-game sweep of Texas Tech with a 4-0 victory at Rocky Johnson Field.
Kessler, who tossed a four-hit shutout of Tech (27-17; 1-5) on Saturday, faced one batter above the minimum as Shelby Johnson drew a leadoff walk to begin the fourth inning.
It marked the first time Tech had been no-hit since New Mexico State did so on May 20, 2011, in the opening game of the NCAA Tucson Regional where the Aggies took a 9-0 victory in six innings.
"Their pitcher threw well today, but I thought Cara Custer did as well," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "For her to lose that type of ballgame is disappointing. It comes down to adjustments and we didn't make any this weekend and that's how you get beat."
Kessler (7-3) finished with eight strikeouts, three of which that came in the final two frames. She wrapped the weekend having retired 31 of the final 32 batters she faced.
Kansas (24-10; 3-3) held a one-run lead for the majority of the game after a Chanin Naudin solo home run to lead off the third inning. It was Naudin's third home run of the series as she connected on a solo shot in all three games.
The Jayhawks broke the game open in the top of the seventh thanks to a Maddie Stein bases-loaded double to left field that went off the glove of Johnson and bounced to the wall, allowing all three runs to score.
Kansas had previously loaded the bases off a leadoff single from Chaley Brickey that was followed later by an infield single from Alex Jones and then a walk to Maggie Hull.
Despite one of her better performances this year, Custer (12-8) was charged with the loss as she gave up just three runs off seven hits in her 6.2 innings. Brittany Talley and Ashley Brokeshoulder both came on in relief with two outs in the seventh.
The Red Raiders continue their six-game homestand next weekend as No. 1 Oklahoma travels to Lubbock for a three-game series that begins Friday evening at Rocky Johnson Field.