Jayhawks Host Tigers Wednesday in Border Showdown

April 18, 2006

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

FIRST PITCH
Kansas softball continues its seven-game home stretch Wednesday with a re-match against Border Showdown rival Missouri. The Jayhawks (23-20, 4-6) and Tigers (20-18, 4-5) will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Arrocha Ballpark. The game will be broadcast live on KLWN 1320 with Jud Easterday (play-by-play) and Aaron Clopton (color) calling the action. The contest will also air tape delayed on Metro Sports Thursday at 7 p.m. Live Gametracker is available for all KU games.

The Jayhawks are looking to extend their win streak to three after a weekend sweep of Texas Tech. KU (sixth) sits just below MU (fifth) in the 2006 Big 12 Conference series. Mizzou is coming off a series split with Oklahoma State after shutting out KU, 4-0, April 12 in Columbia, Mo. Despite losing the first game of the series, the Jayhawks hold a 17.5 to 12 lead in the 2005-06 Border Showdown.

KANSAS QUICK HITS
-Kansas returns eight letterwinners and six starters in 2006, including four All-Big 12 selections in Destiny Frankenstein (Sr., SS), Jessica Moppin (Sr., 2B), Heather Stanley (Sr., OF) and Serena Settlemier (Sr., P/DP).
-Settlemier holds the KU all-time home runs record with 39. Frankenstein is next with 30 for her career, while Moppin (28) and senior Nettie Fierros (15) also rank in KU’s career Top 10.
-With her win over Oklahoma State on April 1, head coach Tracy Bunge picked up her 300th victory at Kansas and is just three wins away from her 400th as a head coach overall.
-KU has made nine trips to the NCAA Regionals in the last 25 years and gone three times under Bunge in the past nine seasons (most recently in 2005).
-The Jayhawks broke two program records last season when they hit 54 home runs and boasted a .973 fielding percentage. KU has 40 homers and is fielding .956 through 43 games this season.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS
MU will host Southern Illinois Tuesday in a non-conference match-up before heading to Lawrence. After losing six straight games, the Tigers (20-18, 4-5 Big 12) rebounded to defeat KU, 4-0, on April 12 and split a Big 12 series with Oklahoma State over the weekend. Missouri picked up its first league wins from #21 Oklahoma March 25-26 in Norman, Okla.

MIZZOU LEADERS
Sophomore pitcher Jen Bruck leads the MU offense with a .364 batting average in 35 starts this season. Bruck, a high school teammate of KU’s Nicole Washburn at Fort Zumwalt High in St. Peters, Mo., also leads the squad with a 18-13 record, 3.25 ERA and 172.1 innings in the circle. Three other Tigers — Michaela Minner (.333), Amy Henke (.333) and Leanne Bowers (.308) — are hitting above the .300 mark while the Tiger offense is batting .269, good for seventh in the league. Freshman hurler Megan Dennis (2-4) has thrown 66.2 innings and two complete games. The MU pitching staff ranks ninth in the conference with a 3.62 ERA.

THE KU-MU SERIES
Mizzou leads the all-time series against KU, 49-35. The Tigers have claimed nine of the last 10 meetings with the Jayhawks. KU won 5-3 in Columbia on April 13, 2005, marking their first victory over MU since April 19, 2001. In the teams’ April 12 meeting, Jessica Moppin notched KU’s only hit of the game — a double — and MU starter Jen Bruck struck out five, walked three and gave up just one hit in the complete-game shutout. Jayhawk ace Kassie Humphreys gave up seven hits, struck out four and walked one in five innings to take the loss while Serena Settlemier allowed one hit and struck out one in one inning of relief.

UP NEXT: CREIGHTON DOUBLEHEADER
Kansas will host Creighton in a non-conference doubleheader Thursday at 2 p.m. The twin bill, originally scheduled for March 30, was postponed due to inclement weather.

MID-WEEK ARROCHA BALLPARK PROMOTIONS
Wednesday vs. Missouri — Free t-shirts for first 250 fans
Thursday vs. Creighton — Free peanuts after KU’s first run (while supplies last); KU Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day ($2 ticket for faculty and staff with a KU ID); 2-for-1 tickets

LAST WEEK’S LEFTOVERS
Kansas softball went 2-1 last weekend, sweeping Texas Tech in a Big 12 weekend series and falling to Border Showdown rival Missouri (4-0) in a mid-week contest in Columbia, Mo. … Senior second baseman Jessica Moppin led the KU offense last week, batting .500 with five hits, including a double … Junior hurler Kassie Humphreys (11-13), who has been named Big 12 pitcher of the Week for two straight weeks, struck out 22 and held batters to a .206 average through 19 innings … Humphreys has allowed just four earned runs in her last 10 games.

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