KU Downed By No. 8 Baylor, 8-5
April 17, 2005
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Despite 11 hits by the Jayhawk offense, the University of Kansas softball team fell to No. 8 Baylor, 8-5, Sunday at Arrocha Ballpark. Junior shortstop Destiny Frankenstein led the Jayhawks with a career-high four hits in the loss.
KU dropped to 19-18 overall and 2-7 in Big 12 Conference play while the Lady Bears moved to 39-7 and 7-4 in league action.
Baserunning errors proved costly for KU, which made four errors on the bases. Both teams committed three errors in the field while the Jayhawks stranded six runners on bases.
BU jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning with two hits, two walks and a KU error. The Jayhawks scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the first on a two-out double by Frankenstein that scored Jackie Vasquez (walked).
The Lady Bears’ offense continued to heat up as it added three more runs in the third. KU starter Kassie Humphreys gave up two hits and walked two in the inning before reliever Serena Settlemier took over and retired the last batter.
Down 6-1 after four innings, KU rallied late, scoring one run in each of the last four innings. BU scored its final run in the top of the seventh on two KU fielding errors.
Frankenstein notched two doubles (single-game career-high) and two singles while junior outfielder Ashley Frazer tied her career-best with three hits and two runs scored.
Humphreys (3-6) allowed five hits and walked four in the first 2.2 innings while Settlemier struck out four and allowed just one hit in the final 4.1 innings of work.
BU starter Cristin Vitek gave up four hits and walked one in 3.1 innings and reliever Lisa Ferguson (15-2) allowed seven hits and struck out one for the victory. The BU offense recorded six total hits and left three on base.
The Jayhawks will next be in action Wednesday against No. 25 Nebraska in Lincoln. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
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