KU Softball Team Topped by Washington

May 19, 2006

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PROVO, UTAH – The Kansas softball team was defeated by the University of Washington, 6-0, Friday afternoon in the winner’s bracket of the 2006 NCAA Regional Tournament. The Jayhawks (35-25), who suffered their first loss since an April 30 setback at the hands of No. 23 Oklahoma, will face the winner of the BYU/Southern Utah game tonight at 8 p.m. (CT).

KU starter Serena Settlemeier (17-7) took the loss after allowing six runs in 5.0 innings of work. The senior struck out five batters, but allowed 10 hits, including five for extra bases. The six earned runs and 10 base hits charged to Settlemeier were the most she allowed all season.

UW starter Danielle Lawrie (22-14) was stellar, retiring the first six Jayhawks that came to the plate and not allowing a base runner past second base in her 5.0 innings of work. Shortstop Destiny Frankenstein collected KU’s only base hit in the top of the fourth inning – a single to right field.

Washington got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first when leadoff hitter Dominique Lastrapes tripled to center and came around to score on a sacrifice fly. The Huskies added an additional run in the second on an RBI single from catcher Alicia Matthews to make the score 2-0.

UW’s lead grew to 5-0 in the bottom of the third inning, after an RBI double from designated player Ashley Watson and a two-run home run off the bat of left fielder Dena Tyson.

Washington scored its sixth and final run in the fifth inning, but Settlemeier worked out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam to escape further damage.

Game Notes – KU failed to score first for the first time since facing Wichita State on May 3 – a string of seven games … KU was shutout for the first time since April 30 at Oklahoma (2-0 loss) …

If KU faces BYU on Friday night, fans can watch the game live by visting this address http://allaccess.cstv.com/media/school_epg.jsp?sid=15400.