Softball Hosts Home-Opening Holiday Inn/Jayhawk Classic
March 10, 2005
LAWRENCE, Kan. -
Kansas softball (10-8) plays its first home games of the 2005 season Friday through Sunday as it hosts Louisville and SMS in the Holiday Inn/Jayhawk Classic. The Jayhawks face the Cardinals (10-7) each day and the Bears (5-5) Friday and Saturday. The tournament marks the second season of play in Arrocha Ballpark, which was dedicated on May 1, 2004.
All games can be followed via Gametracker by logging on to the KU Softball Schedule/Results page.
Friday, March 11
Saturday, March 12
Sunday, March 13
Frankenstein leads the KU offense with 19 hits for a .380 batting average. Junior Ashley Goodrich has been a leader as of late and is hitting at a .313 clip after starting her first two games of the season. Fierros is close behind at a .302 average with four doubles and Moppin is batting .283 with a team-best 13 RBI and four home runs. The Jayhawks are hitting .252 on the season while their opponents are posting a .215 average at the plate.
KU uses three starters in its pitching rotation. Junior right-hander Serena Settlemier (5-3) has emerged as the Jayhawks' No. 1 and has a team-high 37 strikeouts on the season. Freshman lefty Christina Ross (3-3) has been impressive, pitching 40.1 innings and posting a team-best 1.56 ERA. Sophomore righty Kassie Humphreys (2-2) is also back healthy on the mound after missing a few games due to illness.
The Jayhawks finished 33-28-1 overall and 7-11 in the Big 12 last season. KU lost eight letterwinners, including six seniors, but welcomed four talented freshman to the squad in 2005.
Four other Cardinals -- Lisa Estes (.356), Audrey Rendon (.333), Amy Summers (.333) and Lacy Wood (.316) -- are hitting better than .300 on the season. Catherine Bishop (6-2), who has struck out 52 and has a 1.11 ERA, and Aja Sherman (4-5), with a 1.98 ERA and 50 Ks, make up the Cardinal pitching staff.
The Bears (5-5) are coming off a split with Ball State in their home-opener Tuesday. Jessica Leathers leads all SMS hitters with a .433 batting average (13 hits) to go with her six stolen bases and .485 on-base percentage.
SMS has a three-pitcher rotation and is led by Samantha Fleeman (1-1), who has a 1.42 ERA in 19.2 innings. Shannon Buslepp (2-2) and Melissa Porsche (2-2) have combined for 40 strikeouts in the Bears' 10 games.