Jayhawks Beat Eagles, Fall To Viks in Eight Innings
March 11, 2006
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
The University of Kansas softball team posted a split in Day Two of the Jayhawk Classic, defeating Eastern Michigan, 1-0, and falling to Portland State, 2-1, in extra innings Saturday at Arrocha Ballpark. With the split, KU moved to 2-2 in the tournament and 13-12 overall.
Minnesota 3, Eastern Michigan 2
Minnesota 3, Portland State 2
Portland State 2, KU 1
KU 1, Eastern Michigan 0
The nightcap against the Eagles proved to be a pitching duel with each team totaling just two hits through seven innings. Despite stranding five on base, KU scored the winning run in the bottom of the fifth on a double by senior Heather Stanley. Senior Nettie Fierros walked to lead off, advanced to second and third on sacrifice bunts by sophomore Betsy Wilson and freshman Val Chapple, respectively, and easily scored from third on Stanley’s hit.
Senior Serena Settlemier (8-3) extended her win streak to six with the complete-game shutout, her second of the season. Settlemier allowed a double and infield single, struck out five and walked one in seven innings of work. EMU’s Michelle Llyod (2-5) struck out five, walked three and allowed two hits in the effort. With the loss, the Eagles moved to 6-14 on the season.
KU’s first game of the day also featured little offense from Portland State (11-8) and the Jayhawks. Senior Jessica Moppin’s two-out double gave KU a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth. Stanley led off with a base hit, stole second and scored on the two-bagger by Moppin.
The Vikings tied the ballgame in the bottom of the sixth on a hit and Jayhawk error. Laura Segall reached on a throwing error by Chapple and moved to second to lead off the inning. Jackie Heide notched a triple to deep right center to score Segall and send the game into extra innings.
With a runner placed on second to start the bottom of the eighth (per international tie break rule), Segall moved PSU’s Jamee Rauch to third on a sacrifice bunt. Freshman Stevie Crisosto caught a ball off the bat of Heide deep in foul territory and Rauch was able to tag up from third, scoring on an obstruction call on KU’s attempt to tag her out at the plate.
Junior Kassie Humphreys (5-8) was solid in the circle for KU, striking out nine, walking two and giving up just two hits in the complete-game effort. Mandy Hill (8-3) struck out seven, walked four and allowed four hits in the eight-inning victory.
KU wraps up tournament play Sunday against Minnesota (10-10) at noon.