Take me out to the ballgame

Posted on May 2, 2014 in Campus News and News

Jayhawk baseball plate

Love bicycles and baseball? Or maybe you’re just looking for cheap family fun? Don’t miss this event on May 10!

Bring the whole family for a day of fun at the ballpark. The KU Alumni trailer will be parked along the first base line at Hoglund Ballpark, and staff will be serving free hot dogs, chips, cookies, water and soda.

Fun Zone

The Family Fun Zone will be set up from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. with several inflatables for the kids, plus a balloon artist, face painting and more. Members of our Future Jayhawks program can stop by our table and pick up a special gift!

Helmet Fair

If you have a bicycle-riding Jayhawk, make sure to stop by the helmet fair. The popular event is typically held before the spring football game, but this year you’ll find the fair near the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Pick up a free bike helmet for the kids, or bring one from home—safety experts will be on hand to make sure the helmets fit properly. Kids can also bring their bikes for free inspections and ride on a safe course. The helmet fair is also open from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Baseball and softball games

The KU baseball and softball teams both have games at 2 p.m.

The softball team will celebrate Senior Day with a game against Iowa State. Bring your grandparents; senior citizens can buy tickets for just $3.

The baseball game against West Virginia is the “Jayhawks for a Cure” game, with $3 admission for anyone wearing pink. Pink pom poms will be available while supplies last.

Kids ages four and under are admitted to the games free!

Future Jayhawks | www.kualumni.orgPurchase tickets for the baseball and softball games online. Show your KU Alumni Association membership card and receive a free gift at the event! Future Jayhawks members who attend will also receive a special gift. Not a member? Join online, call 800.584.2957 or sign up at the event.

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Jayhawk softball again honored by Big 12

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 in Campus News and News

Junior Pitcher, Alicia Pille

Junior Pitcher, Alicia Pille

Kansas softball earned its second-consecutive weekly honor from the Big 12, as junior pitcher Alicia Pille on Tuesday was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week. Pille, of Royse City, Texas, threw back-to-back complete-game shutouts, and recorded 12 scoreless innings, in home games against South Dakota State and Jackson State. Her opponents’ batting average was .079 for the two games, and her 10 strikeouts against Jackson State was Pille’s fourth double-digit strikeout total of the season.

Sophomore Infielder, Chaley Brickey

Sophomore Infielder, Chaley Brickey

Sophomore infielder Chaley Brickey, of Haltom City, Texas, was named Big 12 Player of the Week last week. Brickey went 9 for 14 with three doubles, three home runs and six RBI to help the Jayhawks go 4-1 at the Under Armour Classic in Tampa, Fla.

The Jayhawks (19-8) open Big 12 play with a three-game homestand against Oklahoma State March 28-30.
—Leah Kohlman

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Baseball and Softball Opening Day

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 in Campus News and News

The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, and the sound of a ball pinging off a bat punctuates the blaring music: It must be opening day for KU baseball and softball at Hoglund and Arrocha ballparks.


Michael Suiter


Hoglund Ballpark, named for former player and longtime KU volunteer leader Forrest Hoglund, e’56, has been the home of the Kansas baseball team for more than 25 seasons.  The ballpark continues to undergo improvements to remain one of the finest college baseball facilities in the area. The Jayhawks hosted Oral Roberts March 11, when a late two-run rally in the eighth inning handed the Jayhawks their fourth loss of the season, 7-8. Junior left-fielder Michael Suiter continues to impress with his offensive performance, going 2-for-3.

The baseball team is back in action on Friday March 14, opening Big 12 play against No. 10 Texas.



Chaley Brickey, infielder

Arrocha Ballpark, home of the softball team, is named for Demostenes Arrocha, the father of KU alumna Cheryl Womack, d’75.  The softball team hosted South Dakota State March 11 in a doubleheader. A bright spot for the Jayhawks continues to be sophomore shortstop Chaley Brickey, who blasted a two-run homerun, her sixth on the season. The Jayhawks needed only five innings to shutout South Dakota State in each game, 8-0, 8-0.

Brickey, a native of Haltom City, Texas (pictured), was named Co-Big 12 Player of the Week for the week ending on March 9. It is the first weekly conference honor for Brickey who is the first Jayhawk to earn the accolade this season. She helped the Jayhawks to a 4-1 record over the weekend with three doubles, three home runs and six RBI’s. Brickey is also performing well on defense, recording five putouts, eights assists and perfect fielding percentage in five starts.

The softball team hosts the Jayhawk Invitational March 14-16.

– Leah Kohlman

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KU softball team begins season in Florida

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 in Campus News and News

The KU softball team launched its season Feb. 7 in Orlando, Fla.,  at the UCF Knights Invitational. Unfortunately, rain doused two of the five scheduled games.

Their first game against the UCF Knights was a battle of the pitchers. Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Kessler faced 20 batters over six innings, allowing just one hit, but the Jayhawks struggled to score, stranding a total of seven runners in the 1-0 loss to the Knights.

Against the University of South Dakota, three Jayhawks connected on two hits each; they were center fielder Alex Jones, shortstop Chaley Brickey and designated hitter Taylor Hatfield. Unfortunately, the team scored only one one run on eight hits, leaving 12 runners on base. KU fell to South Dakota, 1-5.

After rain canceled Feb. 8 games against LIU Brooklyn and Fordham University, the Jayhawks came out on top in a pitchers’ duel with Tennessee-Chattanooga, 1-0. Kessler recorded a career-best 15 strikeouts to earn the eighth shutout of her career. First baseman Maddie Stein led the team with two hits and one RBI.

The team is back in action this weekend, heading to Charleston, S.C., for the College of Charleston Classic. In addition to the hometown team, the Jayhawks will take on Fordham University, the University of Mississippi, Western Carolina University  and DePaul University.

—Leah Kohlman

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