JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Delaware State split a doubleheader Saturday afternoon as they defeated the University of North Florida, 1-0, in a pitcher's duel before falling, 6-1, to Kansas on Day Two of the Osprey Invitational at the UNF Softball Complex.
In the first game, the Ospreys and Hornets combined for a total of five hits and one run.
The two teams played through five scoreless innings before Delaware State (4-7) posted the lone run of the game in the top of the sixth inning.
Senior Chelsea Stern (Owings, Md.) led off the frame with a single down the left field line and fellow senior Jordan Reid (Accokeek, Md.) reached on a fielding error by pitcher Kaylie Wallace. The two advanced a base on a sacrifice bunt by senior Tawny Reeger (Simi Valley, Calif.). Freshman Kelsey Doherty (Harbeson, Del.) reached on a fielder's choice as Stern was thrown out at home. Senior Casey Beighley (Los Angeles, Calif.) followed by reaching base on UNF's second error of the inning, a miscue by shortstop Kelly Dill, that also allowed Reid to score the game's only run.
The Ospreys (10-9) looked to steal the game in the bottom of the seventh as Mariah Reynolds led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Sophomore Stephanie Sarris (Rohnert Park, Calif.) struck out the next two batters and then intentionally walked UNF junior Jackie Reese. Beighley, DSU's starting pitcher came in to relieve Sarris and struck out Kaley Brosky to end the game.
Beighley (2-2) earned the win for the Hornets as she pitched 5.1 solid innings, giving up just one hit and one walk with two strikeouts. Sarris pitched 1.2 innings strong with three strikeouts, two hits and three walks.
Wallace (5-3) took the loss for North Florida, giving up one unearned run and two hits with two strikeouts in 5.1 innings.
In the last game of the day, Kansas used a season-best 11 strikeouts from junior starter Morgan Druhan to finish a season sweep of Delaware State with a 6-1 victory.
The Jayhawks (19-2) broke the program's longest win streak in the previous game on Saturday (a 1-0 victory over UNF) and was able to extend it to 19-straight wins as Kansas picked up their third win in two days against Delaware State (4-8).
The KU bats got hot in a hurry, picking up five runs in the first two innings off of five hits.
The Hornets notched their first hit of the game as Reeger led off the fourth with a single to left center.
In the top of the fifth, senior Rachel Carroll (Oxnard, Calif.) singled to right field and moved to second on a passed ball. Stern advanced Carroll to third with a ground out before the shortstop scored DSU's lone run of the game with another passed ball.
Kansas responded in the bottom of the inning, picking up another run on two hits while leaving three stranded to go up, 6-1.
Neither team posted a hit or run in the final inning and a half of the contest.
Carroll finished the game going 1-for-2 with a run scored while Reeger recorded the Hornets' sole other hit.
Freshman Bria Green (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) took the loss for Delaware State, her first of the season. Green gave up eight hits, six runs (all earned) and six walks in 6.0 frames.
Kansas' Druhan (6-0) earned the win, striking out 11 while giving up just two hits and two walks in 7.0 innings pitched.
Junior Maggie Hull went 3-for-4 with one run scored for the Jayhawks.
The Hornets wrap up the Osprey Invite and their 10-day trip to Florida with a 12:30 p.m. first pitch against North Florida on Sunday.