Jayhawks Defeat Cal State Fullerton in Eight
Feb. 26, 2005
PALM SPRINGS, CALIF. -
The Kansas softball team started out day two of the 2005 Palm Springs Classic with a 3-2 extra-inning victory over Cal State Fullerton Saturday afternoon. The Jayhawks (6-6) face off against No. 12 Washington Saturday night at approximately 8 p.m. Central.
Junior Jessica Moppin gave the Jayhawks a 1-0 lead in their first at-bat with a solo home run to left field, her third of the season and 17th of her career. CSF (3-4) answered with a run in the bottom of the first off three straight hits. The Titans left runners on second and third as KU retired the final three batters.
Junior pitcher Serena Settlemier took matters into her own hands and hit KU's second home run of the day off the first pitch of the second inning. The dinger was her second of the season and 15th of her career, and tied with head coach Tracy Bunge for fourth place on the Jayhawks' career home runs list.
The Titans scored again in the bottom of the third on a hit and two KU errors to tie the game.
Kansas took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth. Freshman Jackie Vasquez was placed on second per the international tie-breaker rule, and moved around to third on a sacrifice bunt by frosh Cyndi Duran. Vasquez scored on a squeeze bunt attempt by Moppin but the Jayhawks could not add to their lead after a Titan double play to end the at-bat.
With a CSF runner on third and one out, junior Ashley Frazer reached over the temporary fence in right field and robbed Katie Gollhardt of a walk-off home run. The KU defense retired the last batter on a grounder and held on for the 3-2 win.
Settlemier (3-2) struck out six, allowed six hits and walked none in eight complete innings of work. The Kansas offense notched four hits and walked five times in the win.