Jayhawks Total 24 Hits in Home-Opening Wins
March 11, 2005
Lawrence, Kan. -
Six Jayhawks hit home runs as the University of Kansas softball team defeated Louisville, 12-2 in five innings, and SMS, 7-1, in the first day of the Holiday Inn/Jayhawk Classic Friday at Arrocha Ballpark. With the victories, the Jayhawks improved to 12-8 overall.
The Jayhawks blasted a season-high 14 hits including four home runs in the victory over Louisville (11-8). The game ended after the top of the fifth per the NCAA eight-run-lead-after five-innings rule.
KU jumped on top in their first at bat against the Cardinals as junior Jessica Moppin hit her fifth home run of the season over the right center wall. The Jayhawks broke the game open with four runs off six hits in the bottom of the second. Junior Ashley Goodrich hit a three-run homer, her second of the season and career.
The KU offense sealed the win with seven runs on six hits and two Cardinal errors. Juniors Nettie Fierros (three RBI) and Serena Settlemier (two RBI) added home runs of their own while KU cut the game short.
Settlemier (6-3) struck out five, allowed five hits and walked two for her second complete-game victory of the season.
In game two, the Jayhawks scored first in the bottom of the second on a solo home run by Frankenstein, her fifth of the season.
After SMS (5-7) tied the contest with a run in the top of the third, KU retaliated with five runs in the bottom of the inning. Following four straight base hits, freshman Elle Pottorf stepped to the plate and launched a grand slam to left, her second of the season, to give KU a 6-1 lead.
The Jayhawks added a run in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly that allowed junior Ashley Frazer to score from third. KU totaled 10 hits and remained errorless in the field against SMS.
Freshman Christina Ross (4-3) struck out eight, allowed five hits and walked one in seven innings of work.
KU will continue tournament play Saturday against Louisville at 11 a.m. and SMS at approximately 1 p.m.