Kansas Captures Two Wins In Hawaii
March 18, 2006
HONOLULU, Hawaii –
The Kansas softball team moved to 2-1 in the Bank of Hawaii Invitational with wins over Longwood (4-3) and host Hawaii (3-1) at Rainbow Wahine Stadium on Saturday. With the wins, KU moves to 15-13 overall.
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In game one, LU got on the board in the top of the first when Caitlin Hooe led off the inning with a solo shot to left field, making it 1-0. Danielle Skapura then bunted for a single and advanced to third on a double by Ryan Washington. Victoria Masters then singled to bring in Skapura and Washington scored on a throwing error by left fielder Nettie Fierros to make the score, 3-0. Fierros came back to make a nice play when she caught a fly ball hit by Shamana Washington and threw out Masters at home for the third out of the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Kansas finally got on the board when Settlemier notched her team-leading 11th homer of the season bringing in senior Heather Stanley, who doubled down the third base line.
After holding the Lancer scoreless the final six innings, the Jayhawks came alive in the seventh after freshman Stevie Crisosto led off the inning with a single, followed by a sacrifice bunt by junior Kassie Humphreys, moving Crisosto to second. Junior Nicole Washburn then came in to pinch hit and singled, advancing the runners. Freshman Val Chapple hit a sac fly to score Crisosto, tying the game at 3-3. With two outs, Stanley hit a blooper to the second basemen and reached first base safely with a feet first slide, scoring Fierros for the win.
In game two, Hawaii got on the board first in the top of the third when Alana Power led off the inning with a single and advanced to second after a throwing error by Washburn at first base. Power then scored on a wild pitch by Humphreys, giving the Rainbow Wahine a 1-0 lead.
Kansas answered in the bottom of the fourth with a solo shot from Settlemier, her second in as many games and 12th of the season.
The Jayhawks took the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Crisosto doubled to start the inning. Washburn then singled, advancing Crisosto to third, where she scored on a single to right by sophomore Betsy Wilson. Following an out by freshman Erika Simington, freshman Val Chapple singled to load the bases for Stanley who reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Washburn, who beat the throw from the pitcher to give Kansas a 3-1 lead which stood up the rest of the game.
KU will face Oklahoma State (2 p.m. Central) and San Diego State (4 p.m.), Sunday in the final day of the tournament.