KU Sweeps NDSU Twin Bill
April 28, 2005
LAWRENCE, Kan. -
The University of Kansas softball team used four solo home runs to sweep a non-conference doubleheader with North Dakota State Thursday at Arrocha Ballpark. With the 3-2 and 1-0 victories, the Jayhawks extended their win streak to six and moved to 26-19 on the season.
The Bison, who matched the KU offense with seven hits, moved to 22-27 overall.
In game one, the Bison put a run on the board in the first. Grete Peterson led off with a walk, moved to second on a ground out, third on a dropped strike three and scored on a wild pitch.
KU took a 2-1 lead with two solo home runs in the fourth inning. Big 12 Player of the Week Jessica Moppin nailed her ninth of the season and in the process, tied the KU career home runs record (23). In the next at-bat, Destiny Frankenstein took her first pitch over the right field wall for her 11th homer of the season.
The home run derby continued in the bottom of the fifth when Elle Pottorf bounced a ball off the hood of a car in right center, giving the Jayhawks a 3-1 lead.
Meghan Norris homered to left in the top of the seventh to bring NDSU within one, but Kassie Humphreys struck out the final batter for the win.
Humphreys (4-6) struck out six, walked two and allowed just two hits in the complete-game victory. The Jayhawk offense managed five hits off NDSU's Alison Bakke (9-16) and Amber Garrett.
In game two, Frankenstein put KU on top in the third inning with her second homer of the day and 12th of the season. The blast tied the KU all-time single-season home runs record held by Leah Tabb (2001).
Settlemier (11-6) tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts, allowed five hits and walked none in her third complete-game shutout of the season. Bekki Rasmussen (4-8) was credited with the loss.
KU will return to Big 12 Conference action this weekend when it travels to Texas Tech. The teams will face off in Lubbock at 2 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.