KU Falls, Rained Out At No. 19 Creighton

April 21, 2005

Box Score

OMAHA, Neb. – The University of Kansas softball team lost to No. 19 Creighton, 3-2, before thunderstorms halted game two of a non-conference double header Thursday at the CU Sports Complex.

Ashley Frazer and Nicole Washburn led the KU offense with two hits apiece in game one. Lightning was sighted before the start of the fourth in game two and the nightcap was cancelled after conditions worsened. The Jayhawks were leading, 2-1.

With the loss, KU moved to 20-19 overall while the Blue Jays improved to 37-4.

In game one, the Blue Jays took a 2-0 lead in their first at-bat. With two outs, Abby Johnson doubled and Christine Fukumoto followed with a deep home run to center off Serena Settlemier, who ended the inning with a strikeout.

CU added a run in the third inning off two base hits. Melanie Dorsey singled, stole second and scored on a base hit by Johnson, giving the Jays a 3-0 advantage.

Heather Stanley put KU on the board in the fifth with a two-run homer, her fourth of the season, to left field. Frazer, who went 2-for-3 in the contest, reached on a blooper single to right.

The Jayhawks loaded the bases in the top of the sixth but could not drive in a run. KU stranded seven on base in the loss.

Settlemier (8-7) struck out six, including three in the sixth inning, allowed five hits and walked one in the loss. Tammy Nielsen (22-2) gave up seven hits, struck out five and walked three in 6.0 innings while Johnson struck out one in the seventh.

KU will return to Big 12 Conference action this weekend as it hosts No. 6 Oklahoma at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Arrocha Ballpark.

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