Despite Humphreys' No-Hitter, #19 Nebraska Wins 2-0

April 4, 2006

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Despite a no-hitter by Kassie Humphreys, the Kansas softball team fell to #19 Nebraska, 2-0, Tuesday at Arrocha Ballpark. Humphreys, who was named Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week earlier in the day, struck out 10, walked three and allowed no hits in the losing effort.

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With the loss, KU moved to 18-18 overall and 1-4 in league play while the Huskers improved to 25-6 and 3-2, extending their win streak to seven. Humphreys (7-12) suffered her second straight loss despite allowing just one hit in the last 15 innings.

The Huskers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a passed ball. NU’s Trisha Tannahill was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a ground out and to third on a wild pitch before a strike got away from KU catcher Erika Simington that allowed her to score.

The Jayhawks loaded the bases and had a chance to score in the bottom of the sixth. Heather Stanley led off with a base hit and reached second on a Husker error on the next play (fielder’s choice by Nettie Fierros). With two on and no outs, Husker starter Ashley DeBuhr struck out Destiny Frankenstein and Serena Settlemier, walked Jessica Moppin and retired Val Chapple to get out of the inning.

Tannahill scored the Huskers’ second run of the game in the top of the seventh. She reached on an error by Frankenstein, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Humphreys’ wild pitch, giving NU a 2-0 lead.

Stanley, the lead-off batter, paced the KU offense with two hits. DeBuhr (12-5) was solid for Nebraska, fanning 11 batters, walking one and giving up four hits for the complete-game shutout.

KU departed by bus after the game for Fayetteville, Ark. The Jayhawks will face Arkansas (16-18, 5-7 SEC) Wednesday in a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. at the Lady `Backyard.