KU Softball Splits In Palm Springs Friday

Feb. 26, 2005

Box Score

Palm Springs, Calif. –

The Kansas softball team defeated Utah, 2-1, in eight innings and fell to BYU, 3-0, on Friday to open the 2005 Palm Springs Classic. With the split, the Jayhawks moved to 5-6 on the season.

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Freshman Elle Pottorf notched a base hit in the top of the eighth to score sophomore Nicole Washburn and give KU the 2-1 advantage over the Utes. Freshman Cyndi Duran led the Jayhawk offense by going 3-for-4 while Pottorf was 2-for-3 with the game-winning RBI.

Utah put a run on the board in the bottom of the first after two base hits and two KU errors. The Jayhawks scored their first run of the day in the top of the sixth after Pottorf led off with a single and scored on a double by junior Jessica Moppin.

KU totaled eight hits in the win, including five in the last three innings. Utah (5-5) left 12 on base and notched five hits in the loss.

Junior reliever Serena Settlemier (2-2) picked up the win after three solid innings of work. Sophomore Kassie Humphreys, who pitched the first five innings for KU, walked six and struck out four.

After a three-hour break, KU returned to action against BYU (7-0) in the nightcap. The Cougars scored first in the top of the second on a walk and base hit. BYU added to its lead in the third and seventh innings on three hard-to-reach singles and held a 3-0 lead heading into the Jayhawks’ final at-bat.

Freshman Christina Ross (2-2) pitched a complete game, striking out six and allowing six hits. BYU pitcher Brooke Boyce (2-0) walked one and struck out none in the no-hitter.

KU will continue tournament play Saturday against Cal State Fullerton at 12:30 p.m. and No. 12 Washington at 8 p.m. All times are Central.