Jayhawks Fall To #17 Northwestern, 1-0
March 17, 2006
HONOLULU, Hawaii –
Kansas softball began the Bank of Hawaii Invitational with a 1-0 loss to #17 Northwestern (11-7 overall) on Friday, March 17. The game was the eighth one run loss for Kansas this season as the team drops to 13-13 overall.
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Kansas was paced by freshman Val Chapple, who went 2-for-3 with a double, while junior Kassie Humphreys gave up one run on five hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings of work.
NU got on the board with the only run of the game in the top of the sixth when Kristen Amegin singled to lead off the inning. After a walk by Sheila McCorkle, Ashley Crane singled to load the bases with just one out. Humphreys struck out Erin Dyer for the second out, but walked Darcy Sengewald to bring in the pinch runner Gina Gonzalez. Tammy Williams then singled, but the ball hit Sengewald while she was advancing to second to end the inning.
Kansas had an opportunity in the bottom of the seventh when, with one out, senior Serena Settlemier ripped a single to right center. Freshman Tiffany Craner came in to pinch run, but the Jayhawks were unable to advance her from first after back-to-back strikeouts by senior Jessica Moppin and freshman Stevie Crisosto ended the game.
KU will face Longwood (6 p.m. Central) and host Hawaii (8 p.m.) Saturday in Day Two of the tournament.