KU held the lead until the seventh when the Jayhawks' starter, senior Ryan Knippschild, who suffered the loss (1-1), ran into trouble with runners at first and second and one out. Lamar pushed two runs across in that inning, upping its lead to 3-2.
Five KU releivers finished the contest, limiting the Cardinals to only four hits. The 'Hawks' sticks could not come alive in the final three innings, going 0-9 to end the game.
Kansas will take on Texas-Pan American tomorrow, Feb. 7, in day two of the Al Ogeltree Classic, in Edinburg, Texas. Senior Chris Smart will take his 2-1 record to the mound for Kansas, which will try to rebound from its second one-run defeat of the season. First pitch at Edinburg Baseball Stadium is set for 5 p.m.
KU Softball drops two to Arizona
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The University of Kansas softball team fell to Northwestern and No. 20 Arizona State Friday in Day One of the 2004 Arizona Triangular at Farrington Stadium. The Jayhawks (0-2) were shut out by the Wildcats 5-0 in the teams' season opener and then defeated by the host Sun Devils 2-0 in the following contest.
Freshman pitcher Kassie Humphreys (0-1), a native of Glendale, Ariz., made her career debut on the mound for the Jayhawks against Northwestern and struck out seven, allowed seven hits and walked four.
The Wildcats scored their first run of the night in the third inning when Erin Mobley knocked in Shelia McCorkle with a no-out single. J.C. Kira hit a solo home run to give NU a 2-0 lead in the sixth and Garland Cooper blasted a three-run homer in the seventh to seal the win for Northwestern.
The Kansas offense struggled in Game One as NU pitcher Courtnay Foster struck out 12 KU batters and allowed just two hits. Sophomore Nettie Fierros and senior Mel Wallach notched their first hits of the season for the Jayhawks.
Game Two developed into a pitching duel, as both teams remained scoreless heading into the sixth inning. KU senior pitcher Kara Pierce (Mesa, Ariz.) struck out six and allowed just two hits in the first six innings while Arizona State's Ashley Werschky fanned seven KU batters and allowed just one hit.
The Sun Devils' bats came alive in the bottom of the sixth as Valerie Sevilla hit a two-out single and Phelan Wright followed with a two-run blast to left field. Kansas was unable to catch up in the top of the seventh as ASU prevailed, 2-0.