KU Softball Competes in Day One of Arizona Classic
Feb. 4, 2005
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Kansas softball team kicked of the 2005 season Friday at the Arizona Pepsi Classic in Tucson, Ariz. The Jayhawks fell just short to Oklahoma State, 3-2, and No. 2 Arizona, 4-3, at Hillenbrand Stadium.
The second-ranked Wildcats opened the game with four hits and three runs in the first inning. Junior Serena Settlemier, making her first start since undergoing surgery in the offseason, settled down and retired the last Arizona three batters.
KU answered with two runs in the top of the third. Freshman outfielder Cyndi Duran walked and was followed by Destiny Frankenstein's double to right center. Settlemier flied out to right, but Frankenstein and Duran were able to score on an overthrow by a Wildcat outfielder.
Arizona scored one run off one hit in the next half of the inning to increase its lead to two. Kansas just missed an opportunity to tie in the sixth when Nicole Washburn started off with a single to left field. After a Wildcat pitching change, Nettie Fierros singled to shortstop and Ashley Frazer laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners.
With two outs, Vasquez notched a base hit and the RBI, scoring Washburn. KU put one runner on in the top of the seventh but was unable to score and fell 4-3.
Taryne Mowatt (1-0) got the win for Arizona while Settlemier (0-1) finished her first complete game since the 2003 season. Settlemier allowed eight hits, struck out three and walked just one. Frankenstein led the KU offense with two hits.
In the earlier game, Oklahoma State struck in the bottom of the first, scoring one run off three hits. KU second baseman Jessica Moppin turned KU's first double play of the season on the second Cowgirl batter.
KU tied the game with a run in the fourth off two OSU errors. Settlemier walked to lead off and Moppin reached on an error by the second baseman after laying down a bunt. Both runners advanced, and with two outs, Settlemier scored on another OSU throwing error.
OSU led off the fourth with a walk and advanced on a sacrifice bunt and wild pitch. With two down, a base hit brought in pinch runner Lacy Darity and give the Cowgirls a 2-1 lead.
Kansas again scored on an error in the fifth to tie the game, but left two on base. OSU managed two hits in the bottom of the inning and eventually went on to win, 3-2.
Sophomore Kassie Humphreys (0-1) took the loss for KU and allowed six hits while striking out three in 4.2 innings. Freshman Christina Ross was impressive in her debut, allowing no hits and striking out one in 1.1 innings of work. Vasquez led KU with two hits in her career debut.
KU (0-2) will play the first two games of the tournament on Saturday. The Jayhawks face New Mexico State (0-2) at 10 p.m. (CST) and Northwestern (1-0) at noon.