Settlemier's 21st Homer Lifts Jayhawks Over Shockers, 2-1
May 3, 2006
Lawrence, Kan. –
Despite a two-hour rain delay, Serena Settlemier resumed the game with a two-run home run to lift Kansas over Wichita State, 2-1, Wednesday at Arrocha Ballpark. The non-conference victory improved the Jayhawks to 28-24 overall while the Shockers moved to 32-20 on the season.
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Wichita State scored first in the top of the third. Lisa Jones was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, Brooke Usher walked and Britnee Barnett singled to right center to score Jones from second for the RBI, giving the Shockers a 1-0 lead.
Kansas remained hitless and left four on base through the first five innings. With two outs and Stevie Crisosto on first (walk) in the bottom of the sixth, Settlemier stepped to the plate and took one (a ball) before heavy rain and lightning suspended the game.
Nearly two hours later, the teams returned to the field to try to complete the game. Settlemier notched her 21st homer of the season down the left field line, giving KU a 2-1 lead. Kassie Humphreys grounded out three batters in the top of the seventh to hang on to the KU win. (Game Two of the doubleheader was cancelled.)
Settlemier’s homer was the Jayhawks’ only hit of the game. WSU starter Margo Pruis (18-11) also struck out six and walked four in the complete-game effort. Humphreys (13-16) got the win for KU, giving up four hits, striking out seven and walking one in seven innings of work.
With Settlemier’s two RBI against the Shockers, the senior pitcher/designated player surpassed KU great Camille Spitaleri (114) for a new program record of 115 RBI. She also holds the KU all-time home runs record with 43 for her career.
The Jayhawks wrap up their regular season with a Big 12 weekend series against Iowa State (23-25, 5-11 Big 12). KU will host the Cyclones at 2 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Saturday is Arrocha Ballpark’s first-ever Bark in the Park! All fans can bring their dogs to Arrocha Ballpark along with a cash donation or donated items for the Lawrence Humane Society. Sunday is Senior Day, which will honor six seniors — Destiny Frankenstein, Serena Settlemier, Nettie Fierros, Ashley Goodrich, Heather Stanley and Jessica Moppin.