Jayhawks Finish First Day Of Capital Classic, 1-1
March 18, 2005
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Jayhawks fell to Minnesota in the first game of the day, 2-1 at the Sacramento Softball Complex in Sacramento, Calif.
Minnesota got on the board in the top of the third when junior Serena Settlemier gave up back-to-back singles to start the inning. With runners on second and third and one out, Rachel Keeney flied out to right field allowing both runners to score after a throw home got past freshman catcher Elle Pottorf.
KU answered with one run in the bottom of the sixth when junior Ashley Goodrich doubled to begin the inning. After junior Jessica Moppin grounded out to short, junior Destiny Frankenstein doubled to bring in Goodrich and bring the Jayhawks within one.
Settlemier kept the Gophers’ bats quiet in the top half of the seventh, but the Jayhawks were unable to tie the game in the bottom of the inning after going down in order.
Lyn Peyer (8-7) got the win for Minnesota while Settlemier dropped to 7-4 on the year. Settlemier allowed six hits, struck out five and walked two.
In the second game, Kansas scored the game’s first run with two outs in the top of the second. Following a walk by sophomore Kassie Humphreys, junior Nettie Fierros doubled to bring Humphreys around to score.
KU increased its lead in the fourth when Humphreys reached on an error allowing Frankenstein, who doubled, to score. Fierros then doubled to left center moving Humphreys over to third. Following a Rams pitching change, junior Heather Stanley singled to bring Humphreys and Fierros in to score and gave the `Hawks a 4-0 lead.
Kansas recorded four more runs in the fifth after Goodrich blasted her third home run of the season. Junior Ashley Frazer led off the inning with a single and stole second and freshman Jackie Vasquez reached first base on an error setting up to the Goodrich home run. The last run for the Jayhawks was scored by Jessica Moppin who came in to score on a passed ball.
Sophomore Kassie Humphreys (3-2) pitched a nearly flawless game for Kansas allowing just one hit and three walks to go with eight strikeouts as the ‘Hawks defeated the Rams 8-0.
KU (15-9) will play its next two games of the tournament on Saturday. The Jayhawks face No. 25 Northwestern at Noon (CST) followed by Illinois at 2:30 p.m.