KU Totals 27 Runs in Two Victories Over UMKC
March 28, 2006
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. –
The University of Kansas softball team used 25 hits, including seven home runs, to shut out UMKC, 8-0 and 19-0 (5 innings), Tuesday night at Adair Park. With the pair of non-conference victories, the Jayhawks moved to 17-16 overall while the Kangaroos fell to 5-22 on the season.
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Serena Settlemier led the Jayhawks on the day with three home runs (eight RBI) to bring her season total to a school-record 15 and her career mark to 37, the most in KU history.
In addition to Settlemier’s 4-for-5 performance, Ashley Goodrich went 4-for-4 at the plate and Jessica Moppin was 4-for-6 on the day.
In the first game of the twin bill, Settlemier (10-4) gave up two hits in the bottom of the first, but regrouped to total 10 strikeouts, allow six hits and walk one in seven innings for the shutout. Settlemier added three hits to the offensive effort and Heather Stanley hit a career-best two triples to bring the Jayhawks’ hit total to 14.
After scoring just one run through the first four innings, KU broke open the first game with five runs in the top of the fifth. The Jayhawks totaled six hits in the inning, keeping their bats warm in the 41-degree weather.
In the nightcap, Settlemier (six RBI) and Goodrich (five RBI) accounted for 11 of the Jayhawks’ 19 runs with two homers apiece. KU scored nine runs in the second inning to initiate the run rule – securing an eight-run lead after five innings.
Kassie Humphreys (7-10) held the Kangaroos hitless and struck out two through the first two innings to pick up the win. Valerie George fanned four batters and allowed just two hits in the final 3.0 innings of relief.
KU returns to Arrocha Ballpark Thursday for a non-league doubleheader with Creighton. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. in Lawrence.