Kansas 4, Tennessee Tech
Kansas 4, Tennessee Tech 0May 21, 2005
ATHENS, Ga.----Serena Settlemier and Kassie Humphreys combined on a three-hit shutout on Saturday, as Kansas eliminated Tennessee Tech from the NCAA Softball Regional, 4-0.
The Jayhawks (31-23) play Georgia Tech later on Saturday night for a chance to face Georgia in the championship game of the regional on Sunday at noon.
Tennessee Tech's season ends with a record of 35-28.
Settlemier (14-9) earned the win for her second combined shutout of the year and sixth overall. She pitched five innings with one hit, 10 strikeouts and one walk. Humphreys finished the last two innings with two hits, five strikeouts and one walk.
Bynum (24-17) was the losing pitcher for the Golden Eagles. She worked five innings with five hits, three earned runs four walks and five strikeouts.
Settlemier also paced the Jayhawks at the plate.
One day after hitting a seventh-inning home run against Georgia Tech, Settlemier again hit a solo blast in the second inning to put Kansas on the board. The 1-0 lead lasted until the fourth when Settlemier scored on a first-and-third play. Nettie Fierros was caught in a rundown between first and second base and Settlemier scored from third before Fierros was tagged out.
In the fifth, an RBI single by Jackie Vasquez scored Ashley Frazier, who reached on an error, to make the score 3-0. It was the first Kansas run of the tournament that wasn't by scored by Settlemier.
Elle Pottorf hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth that scored Destiny Frankenstein for the final Kansas run of the game.
"We're disappointed we didn't play better, but I'm proud of my kids," said Tennessee Tech head coach Tory Acheson. "We're not going to let today tarnish a great season. You have to give Kansas credit. They took advantage of our mistakes. That's a deadly combination when you make a mistake and they make a play."
-- Courtesy Georgia