The Jayhawk baseball team ended its six-game winless streak by topping the Creighton Blue Jays, 5-1, Sunday to open its 2004 home season. Senior Matt Tribble led the charge, going 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored, as Kansas extended its home-opening win streak to five games.
Senior Ryan Knippschild worked eight innings in his fourth start of the season and allowed one run on six hits while striking out five. The Rancho Cordova, Calif., native went on to pick up his second win of the season in KU's shortest game of 2004 (1 hour and 56 minutes).
The Jayhawks continue an 11-game homestand Monday, as they host the Oakland Grizzlies in the first of four in Hoglund Ballpark at 3 p.m.
The women's basketball team went 0-2 last week, suffering losses to Iowa State (73-58) and Texas A&M (69-63) in Allen Fieldhouse.
Tamara Ransburg has been impressive in her new role as the first player off the bench. Ransburg has averaged a team-best 16.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game to go with nine blocks, four assists and three steals in the last three games. With 113 career blocks, Ransburg moved into a tie for fourth with former Jayhawk Nikki White on the all-time KU blocked shot list.
Against Texas A&M, both Ransburg and Crystal Kemp posted double-doubles marking the second time this season a KU duo has done so.
The men's golf team tied for sixth-place in an 18-team field at the 2004 UCF/Rio Pinar Intercollegiate at the Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 16-17. Juniors Andrew Price and Kevin Ward each finished in a tie for seventh-place after they carded identical three-round totals of 215. The team returns to action, March 1-2, when it travels to San Antonio, Texas, to compete in the UTSA Invitational at the Oak Hills Country Club.
Kansas softball went 2-0 at the Softball By the Beach Invitational last weekend, getting in two games Friday, before play was cancelled Saturday and Sunday. KU came from behind to defeat UC Riverside, 4-3, in eight innings and went on to a 3-2 victory over Central Florida, to extend its win streak to eight games.
Freshman pitcher Kassie Humphreys (5-2) struck out 10 and allowed just four hits in eight innings of work. Senior Kara Pierce (4-2) fanned eight Central Florida batters and walked just two to pick up the win. Sophomore Destiny Frankenstein led the 'Hawks against UCR, going 3-for-4 at the plate and errorless at shortstop. Sophomore Serena Settlemier paced KU against UCF, notching two hits, including a two-run homer, her sixth of the season.
The Kansas swimming and diving team will begin postseason action this week in the Big 12 Tournament in Austin, Texas, that runs Feb. 25-28. The last time out, KU celebrated Senior Day with a win over the Arkansas Razorbacks, 181-119. KU finishes the 2003-04 regular season 9-3 overall and 2-2 in the Big 12. The nine wins are the most since the 1995-96 season.
Tennis The No. 75 Kansas tennis team (0-4 overall) fell to the No. 49 Tulsa Hurricane, 5-2, on Saturday in Tulsa, Okla. Freshman Brittany Brown won both her doubles and singles matches. Senior Emily Haylock also picked up a singles victory for the Jayhawks.
Track and Field
The Kansas track and field team wrapped up its regular season at the Sooner Invitational on Saturday in Norman, Okla. The meet was used as a final tune up for the 'Hawks with the Big 12 Indoor Championships just one week away.
Freshman Brett Terp won the individual title in the high jump with a mark of 6-08.75. Junior Brooklyn Hann recorded a season-best mark of 40-09.75 to finish second in the triple jump. Freshman Libby Harmon finished fourth in the pole vault with a mark of 12-03.50, while junior Erin Wessely vaulted a season-best 12-03.50 to finish eighth.