Houston Kansas University softball coach Tracy Bunge knew that her pitching staff would have to step up for the Jayhawks to thrive this season.
Well, in two games Friday at the Wilson/Demarini Invitational, junior Kassie Humphreys and senior Serena Settlemier looked pretty darn good.
Humphreys struck out 10 Florida batters and allowed just five hits in KU's 6-0 victory in its first game Friday, then Settlemier struck out 12 and allowed just three hits in a five-inning, run-rule-shortened 15-1 rout of Texas A&M-Corpus; Christi.
Senior shortstop Destiny Frankenstein was the offensive power, crushing two home runs and driving in five in the two games. Settlemier and Jessica Moppin also homered for the Jayhawks.
Stevie Crisosto scored four runs on the day, and Heather Stanley scored three. Highly regarded freshman Val Chapple was a combined 1-for-4 in her KU debut.
KU (2-0) will play Houston at 5 p.m. today and A&M-Corpus; Christi immediately after.