Fresno, Calif. Jenna Curtan’s walk-off home run doomed Kansas University softball to a 5-4 setback to UC Riverside in the final game of the Fresno State Kickoff on Sunday.
Kansas (4-6), jumped to a 3-0 lead after two innings, but Riverside rallied with a three-run fourth and a single run in the bottom of the fifth.
KU tied it, 4-all, in the top of the seventh, but Curtan won it with her homer.
“We’ve got to get better, and that’s the bottom line,” Kansas coach Megan Smith said. “Today every aspect of their game was off, and as teammates they are allowing that from each other. They’ve got to hold each other to a higher standard. We obviously hold them to a high standard, but if they look to the left and to the right, and the other people aren’t holding them to that same high standard, then it doesn’t matter. That’s what we are seeing right now.”
Kansas will play Feb. 26-28 in a five-game, nonconference tournament hosted by South Florida.
Kansas 120 000 1 —4 5 1
UC Riverside 000 310 1 — 5 9 0
W — Kaylynn Pierce, 2-3. L — Ania Williams, 2-1.
2B — Erin McGinley, KU; Natalie Sanchez, UCR. 3B — Jenna Curtan, UCR. HR — Chaley Brickey, KU; Curtan, UCR.
Kansas highlights — Brickey 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBIs; McGinley 1-for-3, RBI.