Kansas loses game one of Big 12 Championship to Texas Tech
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – In its first game at the 2019 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, No. 6 seed Kansas lost to No. 4 seed Texas Tech 7-3 on Field 3 at the USA Hall of Fame Softball Complex.
Brynn Minor earned the start for Kansas and pitched into the fourth inning before being relieved by Mandy Roberts. Roberts pitched 1.1 innings for the Jayhawks and Kirsten Pruett tossed the final three outs.
TTU and KU were held scoreless in the first two innings thanks to strong defense and pitching by both teams.
A remarkable play by Brittany Jackson at the wall helped Kansas turn an inning-ending double play in the second, which potentially provided KU momentum heading into the third.
After the Jayhawks were held scoreless in the third, Texas Tech broke through against Minor, scoring four runs against the KU starter.
An inning later and it was more of the same for the Red Raiders, who added another three runs against Minor and reliever Roberts.
The Jayhawks with only one hit going into the seventh and down seven runs, needed to find success against Texas Tech starter Erin Edmoundson.
Morgyn Wynne led off the inning and hit a solo home run over the left field wall to put Kansas on the scoreboard. Two batters later Madison Sykes tagged a ball over the right field wall for two runs, narrowing the Texas Tech lead to four runs with only one out.
KU’s momentum was short lived and Texas Tech recorded the final two outs in the next two at bats.
- Morgyn Wynne hit her eighth home run of the season in the seventh inning against Texas Tech. Wynne is tied with Harli Ridling and Keli May for fourth on the Kansas all-time list for home runs by a freshman.
- Madison Sykes hit her fifth home run of the season.
Kansas continues play in the 2019 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships against No. 1 seed Oklahoma at 7:30 p.m. on the Integris Field at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex.