Jayhawks Total 18 Runs In Creighton Twin Bill Sweep
April 20, 2006
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Serena Settlemier hit two home runs and totaled eight RBI as the University of Kansas softball team extended its win streak to five with a non-conference doubleheader sweep of Creighton Thursday. The Jayhawks defeated the Bluejays 8-0 in six innings and 10-0 in five innings at Arrocha Ballpark.
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With the wins, the Jayhawks improved to 26-20 overall while the Bluejays moved to 19-22. Settlemier moved her season home run total to 20 and her RBI mark to 57 – both single-season KU records. She also has a program-best 41 career homers and is just one RBI shy of Camille Spitaleri’s (114) KU all-time RBI record.
Settlemier’s grand slam in the bottom of the third in Game Two marked her sixth of the season, which is believed to be an NCAA record. She is 7-for-8 with bases loaded this season, with six of those hits being home runs.
The victories also gave KU head coach Tracy Bunge her 400th career win.
In Game One, the Jayhawks rattled off 11 hits and scored their eighth run of the game in the bottom of the sixth to cut the game short. Jessica Moppin went 3-for-4 and Settlemier contributed two hits (double, homer) for three RBI. Kassie Humphreys tied a career high with four RBI off two hits and Destiny Frankenstein went 2-for-3 with a double.
Humphreys (12-13) struck out seven, allowed two hits and walked one in the first four innings to take the win in Game One. Valerie George pitched two innings of relief, striking out two and giving up just one hit. Creighton’s Laura Fonda (2-3) fanned three, gave up 11 hits and walked two in the complete-game effort.
All 15 Jayhawks saw action in Game Two. Settlemier (double, grand slam) and Val Chapple (home run, single) paced KU with two hits apiece as the Jayhawks totaled nine hits of Cassidy Nee (8-12). Nee finished the contest with four walks and struck out one in four innings of work to take the loss. Bailey Dawson notched two of CU’s five hits in the game.
Settlemier (14-5) fanned six batters, gave up three hits and walked none in four innings and George finished the outing, allowing two hits and striking out one in the final stanza.
KU wraps up its seven-game home stretch with a weekend series against #2 Texas at Arrocha Ballpark. The Jayhawks and Longhorns will meet at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and noon on Sunday. Prior to Saturday’s game, Kansas Athletics will retire the jerseys of Jayhawk All-Americans Sheila Connolly and Camille Spitaleri.