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Jayhawks Knock off ISU, Advance to Regional Final

KU softball earns rematch with Missouruh in the Regional Final Sunday at Noon.

After falling into the loser's bracket of the Columbia Regional earlier this afternoon, KU earned their way into the regional final by defeating Indiana State 2-0 late Saturday night.

Once again, SP Alicia Pille (7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) led the Jayhawks and stymied the Sycamores all game long, holding them to two hits and two bases on balls.  Not a single Sycamore even reached third base.

KU themselves didn't do much offensively, notching only four hits of their own.  Both of KU's runs came on freshman cather Jessie Roane's two-run double in the sixth inning.  3B Chanin Naudin (0/1, R, 3 BB) reached base in three of her four at-bats.

Kansas earned themselves a rematch with Missouruh, who knocked KU into the loser's bracket with a 5-3 victory earlier on Saturday afternoon.  Game 1 is scheduled for a Noon (Jayhawk time) start.  Should KU win that first game, they'll have to beat MU a second time; Game 2 (If Necessary) will start 30 minutes after completion of the first game.

The lack of offensive production against an Indiana State squad that came into the tournament with a losing record is a bit of a disappointment, as is the Jayhawks' recent struggle with runners in scoring position.  The Jayhawks will need the bats to be alive tomorrow if they want to knock off Missouruh and advance to the super-regional round.

The regional finals will be available on ESPN3 or you can catch the radio broadcast at at Noon (weather permitting).