No. 15/18 Tigers Halt Jayhawks' Win Streak
May 4, 2005
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LAWRENCE, Kan. –
The University of Kansas softball team’s eight-game win streak ended with a 3-0 loss to Border Showdown rival No. 15/18 Missouri Wednesday at Arrocha Ballpark. Heather Stanley led the offense with two hits as the Jayhawks moved to 28-20 overall and 7-8 in the Big 12 Conference.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
KU matched MU’s six hits but left five on base, including three in the first inning, in the loss. With the win, the Tigers improved to 37-10 and 9-7 in league play.
USA Softball National Player of the Week Janessa Roening clinched the win for Mizzou with a three-run homer in the top of the third. Amanda Renth led off with a walk and Leanne Bowers walked before Roening drove a pitch over the right field wall.
Starter Serena Settlemier (12-8) allowed four hits, struck out two and walked two in the first three innings. Christina Ross struck out four and allowed just two hits in three innings of relief.
Jen Bruck (15-3) was credited with the win after giving up five hits and striking out one in 4.1 innings. Erica Peterson finished with four strikeouts and one hit in 2.2 innings in the Tigers’ shut out.
KU senior pitcher Kathy McVey and team manager/intern Ryan Dunham were honored prior to the game in their last appearances at Arrocha Ballpark.
The loss marked a series split for the Jayhawks, who took game one of the series 5-3 in Columbia on April 13.
The Jayhawks will conclude their regular season with a series against Iowa State (18-29, 3-13 Big 12) this weekend in Ames. The teams will square off at 2 p.m. Saturday and at noon Sunday. KU then travels to the 2004 Big 12 Tournament May 11-14 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.