KU Shuts Out Iowa State, 5-0
May 6, 2006
Lawrence, Kan. –
Kansas softball used a five-run fifth inning to defeat Iowa State, 5-0, Saturday at Arrocha Ballpark. Jessica Moppin’s three-run home run and RBI hits from Stevie Crisosto and Destiny Frankenstein lifted the Jayhawks to victory.
With the win, KU improved to 29-24 overall and 7-10 in the Big 12 Conference while the Cyclones moved to 23-26 and 5-12 with one regular-season game remaining. The Jayhawks also moved into a tie for sixth place in the league standings with Missouri, who is also 7-10 in Big 12 play.
Betsy Wilson walked to lead off the bottom of the fifth. Ashley Goodrich came in as the pinch runner and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kassie Humphreys. Val Chapple reached on an error by the ISU third baseman and Crisosto singled to center field to drive in Goodrich and give KU a 1-0 lead.
With just one out in the fifth, Serena Settlemier walked to load the bases and Frankenstein singled up the middle to score Chapple for the RBI. Crisosto was tagged out while attempting to score from third, but Moppin homered to left field in the next at-bat (fifth of the season, 29th of her career), giving the Jayhawks a 5-0 lead.
The KU defense was errorless and picked up a crucial double play in the top of the fourth innings. The Cyclones committed two errors on the day and stranded five on base in the loss.
Humphreys (14-16) gave up just one hit in the complete-game shutout, struck out nine and walked five. ISU starter Alyssa Ransom (12-15) allowed all five Jayhawk hits, struck out four and walked four (one earned run) in four and two-thirds innings. Amie Ford held KU hitless and fanned two batters in one and a third innings of relief.
The Jayhawks wrap up their regular season against the Cyclones Sunday at 1 p.m. KU will honor six seniors — Frankenstein, Settlemier, Goodrich, Moppin, Heather Stanley and Nettie Fierros — before the game.