Archive for Saturday, March 25, 2006

A&M nemesis next for KU

Aggies solid foe as Big 12 season begins

March 25, 2006


Memories of last year's meltdown may help Kansas University's softball team this weekend.

The Jayhawks will open the Big 12 Conference season today and Sunday against Texas A&M;, the team that crushed them by scores of 13-1 and 7-1 last spring in Lawrence.

A&M; went on to win the conference regular-season title, and the Aggies haven't shown any signs of slippage. They own a 21-9 record and are ranked No. 15 nationally.

Kansas, 15-14, relies on solid pitching and the 1-2 offensive punch of seniors Serena Settlemier and Destiny Frankenstein. Settlemier is hitting .306 with a league-high 12 home runs, 28 runs batted in and a .788 slugging percentage while Frankenstein has nine homers, 20 RBI and a .750 slugging percentage.

KU, in fact, leads the league in home runs with 30 and is on pace to break the school record of 54 round-trippers established last season.

Settlemier also has sparkled on the mound with a 9-3 record and 1.59 earned-run average. The right-hander from Kelso, Wash., is expected to start in today's 2 p.m. contest. Kassie Humphreys (6-9, 1.74 ERA) is the likely starter in Sunday's noon finale.

The Jayhawks, who have played only six home games, are scheduled for a doubleheader Tuesday at UMKC before returning to Arrocha Ballpark for a Thursday twinbill against Creighton.

¢ Notes: Coach Tracy Bunge is starting three freshmen - third baseman Val Chapple, catcher Erika Simington and first baseman-outfielder Stevie Crisosto. : Settlemier and Frankenstein rank 1-2 on KU's career homer chart with 34 and 30. : A&M; began conference play Wednesday with a 4-3 victory over No. 19-ranked Baylor. : KU has dropped eight straight to the Aggies. : A&M; pitcher Amanda Scarborough is the reigning Big 12 player of the year.


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