KU Totals 20 Runs, Wins Two in Tulsa
March 3, 2006
Tulsa, Okla. –
Kansas softball began the Best Western Airport Festival with wins over Stephen F. Austin (5-0) and Northern Iowa (15-2) Friday at the Donna J. Hardesty Sports Complex. With the victories, the Jayhawks moved to 7-9 on the season.
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Junior Kassie Humphreys struck out 13 and walked two Ladyjacks in the complete-game no-hitter, and notched a double and home run for two RBI at the plate to lead KU in the first game.
The Jayhawks jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Senior Serena Settlemier led off with a solo home run, her sixth of the season. Senior Jessica Moppin followed with a triple down the right field line and was able to tag up and score on a sacrifice fly by freshman Stevie Crisosto (RBI).
Humphreys added to KU’s lead in the fourth when she nailed her second career home run over the left foul pole. Crisosto led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Nettie Fierros before Humphreys’ blast to left, her first of 2006.
Senior Destiny Frankenstein, a native of nearby Broken Arrow, Okla., led off the fifth inning with her seventh homer of the season to right field. Frankenstein’s blast gave the Jayhawks a 5-0 advantage, which they held for the remainder of the game.
Moppin and freshman Val Chapple each added two hits for the Jayhawks, who totaled nine hits off SFA’s Kari Hugie (eight hits, five innings) and Nicole Carter (one hit, two innings).
The Jayhawks totaled a season-high 13 hits and 15 runs against UNI in their second game of the day. Settlemier led KU with a whopping seven RBI off two home runs (one a grand slam). Chapple, Moppin, Frankenstein and junior Nicole Washburn each added two hits in the win. Chapple notched her second homer of the season and Frankenstein her eighth.
After scoring three runs in its first at-bat, KU broke open the game with nine runs off seven hits in the bottom of the third inning and added three in the fourth for the run-rule (eight-run lead after five innings). Settlemier (3-3) struck out six, gave up five hits and walked three in five innings for the win.
With her three homers on the day, Settlemier moved her career total to 30 – the most in KU history. Frankenstein is close behind with 29 for her career while as a team, the Jayhawks already have 20 blasts on the season.
KU will face #18 Nebraska (1 p.m.) and Notre Dame (7 p.m.) Saturday in Day Two of the tournament.