Jayhawks Shut Out #17 Huskers, Fall to Irish

March 4, 2006

Box Score

Tulsa, Okla. –

Kansas softball defeated #17 Nebraska, 4-0, and lost to Notre Dame, 5-2, Saturday in Day Two of the Best Western Airport Festival at the Donna J. Hardesty Sports Complex. With the split, KU moved to 3-1 in the tournament and 8-10 overall.

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KU 4, #17 Nebraska 0 (Box Score)

Against the Huskers, KU capitalized on an NU error to post a run in the top of the first. Freshman Val Chapple struck out swinging to lead off, but was safe at first on a passed ball by the catcher. Senior Heather Stanley laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached on an NU throwing error, allowing Chapple to score from first, 1-0.

KU added another run in the fifth on a walk and Husker error. Freshman Erika Simington walked to lead off the inning and was replaced by pinch runner Betsy Wilson. Chapple moved Wilson to second on a sacrifice bunt and Stanley again reached on an NU error that allowed Wilson to score, 2-0.

The Jayhawks sealed the win with three hits and two runs in the seventh. Simington reached on an infield single and Chapple doubled to put both Jayhawks in scoring position. Senior Destiny Frankenstein notched a sacrifice fly to short right to score Simington from third, and with two outs, senior Jessica Moppin singled to center field to score Chapple.

Moppin led KU at the plate with two of the Jayhawks’ five hits. Senior Serena Settlemier (4-3) struck out five, gave up three hits and walked one in the complete-game shutout. Husker freshman Molly Hill (6-1) struck out eight, allowed five hits and walked four in her first career loss. The defeat ended a 10-game winning streak for Nebraska (10-2).

Notre Dame 5, KU 2 (Box Score)

In the Notre Dame nightcap, both teams remained scoreless until the fifth inning when the Irish drove in four runs off five hits and two Jayhawk errors. After leading off with a single, an Irish runner reached first on an error. Crisosto and Moppin combined for an impressive double play (8-4), KU’s second of the game, before two consecutive Notre Dame hits made it 2-0.

Linda Kohan doubled for another RBI and that would do it for junior Kassie Humphreys (4-5), who gave up seven hits, struck out three and walked two in 5.2 innings of work. Freshman Valerie George came in and gave up a two-bagger to Sara Schoonaert (RBI), but popped up the next Irish batter to end the inning, 4-0.

The Jayhawks scored in the bottom half of the fifth. Junior Nicole Washburn walked and was replaced by Wilson, who advanced on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Tiffany Craner. With two outs, Stanley singled to score Wilson from second and bring the Jayhawks within three.

Moppin added to KU’s run total in the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run to center, her second of the season, 4-2. The Irish added to its lead with a run off three hits in the top of the seventh.

George struck out one and gave up six hits in the final 2.1 innings. Notre Dame’s Heather Booth (3-4) struck out 10, gave up five hits and walked three in the complete-game victory. The Irish totaled 13 hits while KU had a season-high four errors in the contest. Chapple led the Jayhawk offense with two hits.

KU ends the tournament against host Tulsa (11-4) Sunday at 1 p.m.