LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The University of Kansas softball team notched six hits en route to a 3-0 shutout of visiting Texas Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd at Arrocha Ballpark. With the win, the Jayhawks (29-25-1, 5-10 Big 12) jumped ahead of the Longhorns (23-21, 5-11 Big 12) and into seventh place in the league standing and extended their win streak to two.
Members of the KUAC family, university dignitaries and major Arrocha Ballpark donors were on hand as Kansas officially dedicated the Jayhawks' new home. Former Jayhawk and Olympian Bill Hougland threw out the first pitch and the first 500 fans received a commemorative mini bat.
Kansas struck early, taking a two-run lead in the bottom of the first. Left fielder Heather Stanley was hit by a pitch and stole second to lead off the inning. With one out, shortstop Destiny Frankenstein dropped in an infield single and designated player Nicole Washburn walked to load the bases for second baseman Jessica Moppin, who struck out swinging. With two down, senior center fielder Mel Wallach singled up the middle to score Stanley and Frankenstein and give the 'Hawks an early 2-0 lead.
Senior first baseman Leah Mountain gave KU another insurance run in the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run (second of the season) over the left field wall. Third baseman Nettie Fierros walked in the next at-bat and Texas changed pitchers before Serena Settlemier came in to pinch hit for catcher Dani May. With the count full and one out, Settlemier launched a line drive over the center wall but was called back to the plate because Fierros had left first early on the pitch. Settlemier struck out swinging to end the inning.
Freshman pitcher Kassie Humphreys held the Longhorns to just two hits in 5.1 innings of work. Humphreys (14-10) struck out six and walked four before senior Kara Pierce came to relieve her in the sixth. Pierce earned her first save of the year, allowing one hit and striking out one in 1.2 innings.
Freshman Christina Gywn (7-12) struck out three and walked three in 5.1 innings. UT committed one error in the loss.
The KU defense was errorless and held six UT runners on base. Offensively, Frankenstein had two hits while Washburn, Wallach, Torres and Mountain added one apiece.
Texas Tech Tops Kansas, 19-7
LAWRENCE, Kan. - The Jayhawk bullpen gave up 11 runs over 4.1 innings, as the Kansas baseball team fell to Texas Tech, 19-7, Saturday night at Hoglund Ballpark. The loss dropped the 'Hawks' mark to 25-23-1 overall and 2-13 in the league, while Tech improved to 29-13 and 9-6 in the Big 12.
Kansas looked impressive early, taking the lead in the second inning on a leadoff-homerun from junior catcher Sean Richardson (3-for-4, 2 RBI). After the Red Raiders tied the contest in their third inning, KU answered with three-run outbursts in the third and fourth innings. An RBI-single from Richardson and a two-run shot from junior leftfielder Andy Scholl (1-for-4, 2 RBI) provided the runs in the third. A run-scoring single off the bat of sophomore shortstop Ritchie Price (2-for-5, 1 RBI) and another homerun, a two-run blast from senior Ryan Baty (3-for-5, 2 RBI), helped put the Jayhawks ahead after four innings, 7-3.
KU's senior starter, LHP Ryan Knippschild (5-7, 5.40 ERA), faced seven hitters in the fifth inning and was pulled after Tech's Michael Mask connected on a three-run dinger to rightfield which helped put the Raiders up by a run. Knippschild, who suffered the loss, worked 4.2 innings, allowed eight runs on nine hits and struck out two.
With a 10-7 lead, Texas Tech brought in LHP Barrett Pliler to close the Jayhawks out. Pliler worked the last five frames and did not allow a run or hit while fanning four. KU's pen was not as successful as the Red Raiders touched Kansas' three middle relievers for six runs on four hits in a total of two innings. Junior RHP Andrew Rebar (0-1, 3.86 ERA), KU's fourth relief pitcher, closed the contest for the Jayhawks and allowed five runs (1 earned) on four hits in the final 2.1 innings of the game, as Kansas fell, 19-7.