NORMAN, Okla. - Errors proved costly for the University of Kansas softball team as No. 21 Oklahoma scored nine unearned runs in a 10-1 five-inning win over the Jayhawks Saturday afternoon at the OU Softball Complex. With the loss, the Jayhawks dropped to 27-24-1 and 3-9 in Big 12 action while the Sooners improved to 34-16-1 and 8-6 in league play.
The Sooners led off the bottom of the first with two infield singles. With two outs, Jessica Leslie reached on an error by second baseman Jessica Moppin that allowed a runner to score. Jamie Fox singled to left field to knock in another run and two runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch by Kara Pierce.
Mariee Mena poked in another infield single near the circle to score Leslie before Pierce struck out Kami Keiter to end the inning with OU up 3-0.
The bottom of the second proved even more disastrous for the Jayhawks as OU scored six runs on two hits and three errors. April Valdez led off and reached on an error by shortstop Destiny Frankenstin and advanced on an infield single by Kristin Vesely.
Valdez advanced to third on a fielder's choice and with one out Heather Scaglione reached on another error by Frankenstein to score Valdez. Vesley scored next on a fielder's choice by Christina Enea and two runner moved into scoring position on another wild pitch.
Pierce struck out Leslie for the second out and Fox walked in the next at-bat. Mena was hit by pitch with bases loaded to score Scaglione and Keiter followed with a single to left field. Three runs scored on Keiter's hit as Heather Stanely missed the grounder and allowed the ball to roll to the fence.
Serena Settlemier came in to pitch for Pierce and walked Valdez but popped up Vesely to end the second inning with OU ahead, 9-0.
The only earned run KU gave up on the day came in the third inning. OU's Scaglione, the Big 12's leading hitter, singled to left center and came around with two outs to score on Settlemier's wild pitch.
Down 10-0, KU need to score at least three runs to avoid a run-rule (game ends with eight-run lead after five innings), but managed just one. With one out in the top of the fifth, Stanley notched a solo home run to left center, her first of the season, to put the â€˜Hawks on the board.
KU posted five hits but left five runners on base in the loss. Pierce (15-11) gave up nine runs (all unearned), allowed six hits, struck out two and walked one in 1.2 innings. Settlemier allowed one run on one hit, struck out one and walked three in 2.1 frames.
OU's Keiter (11-9) struck out five and walked one in five innings for the win as the Sooner offense totaled seven hits on the day (all singles).
Kansas Jayhawk Baseball Postponed At Baylor
Saturday night's baseball game between Kansas and Baylor at Baylor Ballpark has been postponed due to inclement weather in the Waco area. In excess of three inches of rain has fallen in the Waco area during the past 24 hours. The 'Hawks' (24-21-1, 2-11) and Bears (17-22, 7-8) will attempt a doubleheader Sunday at 10 a.m. CDT.
Baylor opened the three-game conference series with a win Friday night, 8-7, thanks to a three-run eighth inning.
Brian Hanni and Jud Easterday call the action on Sunday as game one will be joined in progress on ESPN Radio 1320. Game two will be broadcast in it entirety.