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DALLAS -- University of Kansas designated player Serena Settlemier was named Big 12 Hitter of the Week for her performance at the plate in the Jayhawks' last eight games, the league office announced Tuesday. The honor goes to Settlemier for the first time this season and second time over her career.

Unstoppable at the plate, Settlemier paced Kansas with five hits -- including three home runs -- and eight walks last week. The Kelso, Wash., DP/pitcher did not strike out and boasted a .875 slugging percentage in eight games. The redshirt sophomore notched her 10th home run of the year Sunday against No. 18 Oregon State and is just three away from being KU's all-time single-season home runs leader.

Settlemier sat out the 2003 season with an injury, has played in every game for the 'Hawks this season in the designated player spot and has made two appearances on the mound.

For the second straight week and third time this season Nebraska senior Peaches James is the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week.

Settlemier and the Jayhawks will meet No. 19 Oregon Tuesday at 5 p.m. CST.

Men's Golf Ties For Eighth At Western

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- The No. 23 University of Kansas men's golf team shot a three-round total of 869 to place in a tie-for-eighth place in the 15-team 58th Annual Western Intercollegiate, Tuesday, at the 6,445 yard, par-70 Pasatiempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz, Calif.

"We didn't play very well at all in today's round," head coach Ross Randall said. "It was disappointing for us because we know we could have played much better in this tournament."

The Jayhawks finished 17 strokes behind the team champion, Colorado, which shot a three-round total of 852. California took second (854) and third place went to Georgia Tech with a three-round 855 total.

Senior Tyler Hall (Wayne, N.J.) finished in a tie for ninth after shooting a 68 in his final round for a three-round total of 214. Junior Kevin Ward (Leawood, Kan.) shot a three-round total of 217 to finish tied for 21st. Junior Andrew Price (Lake Forest, Ill.) carded a 78 in his final round and finished the tournament tied for 25th with a 218 total. Freshmen Tyler Docking (Olathe, Kan.), Gary Woodland (Berryton, Kan.) and sophomore Pete Krsnich (Wichita, Kan.), who played as an individual, each finished tied for 57th after they carded identical 226 three-round totals.

"We will have to practice harder this week and try to play better in our next tournament," Randall added.

Kansas will next be in action March 29-30, when it travels to Stevinson, Calif., to compete in the Colorado-Stevinson Ranch Invitational at the Stevinson Ranch Golf Club.

Women's Golf

AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Kansas women's golf team finished 15th, in an 18-team field, at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas. The Jayhawks shot a third round score of 324, for a final score of 1006 at the 6,247-yard, par-72, Hills Country Club.

"The course played difficult, but we are proud the way we finished the tournament," head coach Megan Menzel said. "The performances out of Amanda (Costner) and Jill (Womble) today were big considering the condition we were in going in the final round."

Vanderbilt won the tournament with a final score of 935. Host-school Texas placed second after shooting a three-round score of 937. California shot a 938 to finish third.

Costner placed in a tie for 52nd after shooting a 76 in the final round. The Claremore, Okla., freshman shot a three-round score of 249. Sophomore Chelsey Pryor tied for 64th and shot an 83 for a final score of 253. Senior Jennifer Bawanan and sophomore Tiffany Woods tied for 76th with final score of 258. Womble shot 77 in the final round to finish with a 271. The Pleasanton, Calif., freshman finished in 89th place.

"We look forward to the upcoming tournament next weekend in Tucson," Menzel said.

The Jayhawks next travel to Tucson, Ariz., March 27-28, to compete in the Mountain View Collegiate.


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