Kansas' season abruptly ends at Big 12 Championship
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Due to weather and unplayable field conditions, the remainder of the 2019 Phillips 66 Big 12 Softball Championship has been canceled and the Kansas vs. Oklahoma game is declared a no contest.
“Really proud of our progress this team has made this year,” said head coach Jennifer McFalls. “It is unfortunate to have the season end the way it did and have weather impact the Big 12 Tournament.”
Kansas opened the Big 12 Tournament against Texas Tech, and despite a seventh-inning rally, KU dropped its first contest of the tournament, 7-3.
The Jayhawks then played No. 1 seed Oklahoma at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, before the rain halted play in the fourth inning. OU held a 5-0 advantage before play was suspended.
KU finished the 2019 season 15-36 and played 32 teams in the RPI top 75. The Jayhawks exceeded expectations this season, finishing sixth in the Big 12 when the Jayhawks were projected to finish seventh in the Big 12 preseason poll.
“We have progressed since the beginning of the year,” McFalls stated.
Kansas loses three seniors following the 2019 season, and will miss the impact Emily Bermel, Brynn Minor and Jennifer Marwitz have contributed to the program.
"I am sad to lose the seniors we are losing because they have been tremendous leaders for us," said McFalls. "The seniors are not only great kids, but they have impacted the program in a lot of different ways and represent KU softball in a way that I am really proud to say that they represented us. Happy for them and their future."
Even though Kansas’ season came to an end abruptly, the Jayhawks have much to look forward to in the seasons to come under McFalls.
The Jayhawks earned two Big 12 All-Freshman team selections in Sydnee Ramsey and Morgyn Wynne. Wynne put Kansas on the scoreboard first in its game against Texas Tech on Friday, hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning and her eighth of the season.
“I look forward to getting to work next fall with our team and moving forward,” said McFalls.