KU Falls To Houston, 1-0, in Day Two of Invitational
Feb. 11, 2006
Despite a seventh-inning rally, the Kansas softball team fell to Houston, 1-0, in Day Two of the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational at Cougar Softball Stadium. The Jayhawks’ later game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was cancelled due to low temperatures.
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Houston (1-1) got on the board first in the top of the fifth when junior Laura Durham knocked out a solo home run. The Jayhawks notched their first double play of the season (1-6-3) to get out of the inning.
KU put two on base in the bottom of the sixth when seniors Jessica Moppin and Destiny Frankenstein laid down successful bunts, but could not capitalize.
In the top of the seventh, junior Nicole Washburn came in to pinch hit and nailed a double to left center. Senior Ashley Goodrich entered the game as a pinch runner and moved to third on a ground out by freshman Erika Simington. With two outs, senior Heather Stanley hit a fly ball to right, but it wasn’t enough to send the game into extra innings.
Moppin led KU with two hits and contributed five putouts in the loss. Junior Kassie Humphreys (1-1) struck out eight and allowed just four hits in the complete-game effort. Cougar hurler Candy Kloecker (1-0) struck out seven and allowed five hits in her first appearance of the season for the win.
KU will conclude tournament play Sunday against #22 Oregon (3-0) at approximately 11 a.m.