Jayhawks End Invitational With 3-1 Loss to #22 Ducks
Feb. 12, 2006
Kansas softball wrapped up the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational Sunday with a 3-1 loss to #22 Oregon in eight innings at Cougar Stadium. With the loss, the Jayhawks moved to 2-2 on the season.
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KU held Oregon (4-1) scoreless until the top of the seventh, when the Ducks posted a run off two doubles. In the bottom of the inning, KU senior hurler Serena Settlemier took matters into her own hands and tied the game with a solo home run (second of the season, 24th of her career) to left center.
With the international tie-breaker in effect in the eighth inning (runner placed on second), junior Kassie Humphreys took the mound in relief. With two outs and two runners in scoring position, a ball tipped off the glove of sophomore Betsy Wilson in the right center field, allowing two Oregon runs to score on the error.
Settlemier gave up five hits and struck out four in the first seven innings. Humphreys (1-2) struck out one, walked two and allowed no hits in the final inning of play and was credited with the loss.
Senior Amy Harris (2-0) struck out seven and limited the Jayhawks to just three hits in the complete-game victory. The Ducks stranded nine on base while KU left five on in the loss. In addition to Settlemier’s blast, Wilson and senior Heather Stanley posted hits for KU.
KU continues its month-long road stint Feb. 17-19 at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. The Jayhawks are scheduled to face Central Michigan, Cal Poly, BYU, Tennessee and host UNLV in the tournament.