Kansas travels to Tulsa for final non-conference game
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas is scheduled to play its final non-conference game of the season on Wednesday, April 3 against Tulsa at the Collins Family Sports Complex.
The Jayhawks earned a series win over Baylor for the first time since 2001, and opened Big 12 play with a series win for the first time since 2014. KU earned the 9-8 victory over Baylor in the series opener on Saturday, March 30 and fought back from a 7-0 deficit in the first two innings.
In the second game of the series, Kansas fell to Baylor 3-2 despite Jennifer Marwitz’s first career home run. KU left no doubt in the series finale and earned the 7-1 victory over the Lady Bears. Freshman Lexy Mills pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts, while Kansas tallied 12 hits in the win.
Tulsa enters the series winners of 12 of its last 14 games, including a three-game series sweep of Memphis and a victory over No. 21 Oklahoma State.
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• The series victory over Baylor is the first Big 12 opening series win for the Jayhawks since March 28-30, 2014, when Kansas swept OSU.
• The series win over Baylor is the first since April 13-14, 2001. Kansas beat Baylor 6-2 (4/13) and 6-0 (4/14).
• Brynn Minor pitched her fifth complete game of the season against Baylor in game one of the doubleheader.
• Jennifer Marwitz hit her first career home run in a Kansas uniform.
• Kansas tallied 12 hits in the second game of the doubleheader against Baylor, the seventh timethis season KU has had 10-or-more hits.
• Lexy Mills tallied seven strikeouts against Baylor and has seven games of seven-or-more strikeouts this season.
• KU earned its first Big 12 opening game win when it beat Baylor, 9-8, on March 30 win since March 28, 2014 when the Jayhawks beat Oklahoma State, 1-0, in Lawrence, Kansas.
• Kansas completed a three-game series sweep over Green Bay (3/22-23), earning its first series sweep since May 12-14, 2016 against Iowa State.
• Hannah Todd earned her first career victory at Kansas, pitching 5.2 innings with no runs allowed in relief vs. Green Bay (3/23). Todd’s 5.2 innings pitched are a career-high.
• Sydnee Ramsey finished the three-game series vs. Green Bay with a team-high seven RBI, while also earning 11 total bases.
• Todd, Lexy Mills and Brynn Minor each finished with a 0.00 ERA vs. Green Bay (3/22-23) and pitched four innings or more against the Phoenix.
• KU earned its first three-consecutive game winning streak since March 17-21, 2018, when the Jayhawks tallied four wins in a row. KU beat Northern Colorado and Saint Louis on March 17, UMKC on March 18 and concluded its winning streak at Incarnate Word on March 21.
• Tulsa holds a 12-8 advantage over Kansas in the overall series, and beat the Jayhawks twice in the Rock Chalk Challenge early this season.
• Madison Sykes and Becki Monaghan are the only two Jayhawks to start every game in 2019, and Monaghan is the only player to start every game in the same position (first base).
WHERE THEY RANK
• Kansas ranks second in the Big 12 and 33rd nationally in double plays per game (0.47).
• The Jayhawks rank fourth in the Big 12 and 75th in the NCAA in doubles per game (1.38).
• KU is 128th in the NCAA in home runs per game (0.62) and sixth in the Big 12.
• Lexy Mills is ranked 23rd in the NCAA and sixth in the Big 12 in strikeouts per seven innings (9.0).
• Mills is also ranked 6th in the Big 12 and 53rd nationally in hits allowed per seven innings (4.85).
• Morgyn Wynne is ranked 11th in the Big 12 in slugging percentage (0.623) and home runs per game (0.623), while Becki Monaghan is fifth in the conference and 64th in the NCAA for toughest to strike out (121.0).
MARWITZ | BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (4/2)
• Senior outfielder Jennifer Marwitz was named Big 12 Player of the Week on April 2 for her performance against Baylor March 30-31. Marwitz led the conference in hits, and tied for the conference high in on-base percentage (.700). She also was the game-winning run against Baylor in the 9-8 comeback win, while hitting her first career home run in game two.
• Kansas was originally slated to play five games at the Tennessee Classic, but due to inclement weather the Jayhawks were only able to play three games.
• The Jayhawks then played another altered schedule due to weather at the NC State Invitational and Duke Invitational. Originally scheduled to play Campbell on March 1, the Camels and Jayhawks met on March 3. KU was able to compete in all five games in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina.
• In their first home tournament of the year – The Jayhawk Invitational – Kansas played four games instead of the originally scheduled five. Kansas finished 1-3 in the invitational.
• Originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, the single game midweek clash against Omaha was moved to Monday, March 18. KU earned the 8-0 walk-off victory.
• Due to inclement weather on Saturday, March 23, the three-game series against Green Bay was adjusted to a doubleheader on Friday, March 22 and a single game on March 23.
• The Kansas vs. Baylor series opener on Friday, March 29 was postponed. The Jayhawks and Lady Bears started their series on Saturday, March 30 before concluding the series against Baylor with a doubleheader on Sunday.
• Kansas earned its first series victory over Baylor since 2001, beating the Lady Bears in the series opener and the finale.
• In the series opener, Kansas overcame 12 walks by its pitching staff and a 7-0 early Baylor deficit. KU scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to earn the victory.
• The second game went to the Lady Bears, who held KU to only two runs in the 3-2 defeat. Jennifer Marwitz hit her first career home run in the contest.
• Kansas left no doubt in the series finale, earning the 7-1 victory after scoring three runs in the third inning and two in the sixth. Freshman Lexy Mills pitched a complete game, while striking out seven Baylor batters.
• Tulsa enters the series against Kansas 24-10, and recently swept Memphis in its three-game series in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Golden Hurricane rank second in the American standings, and only trail UCF, who has compiled a 6-0 conference record.
• In the previous meeting between the two schools this season, Tulsa captured two victories over Kansas in the Rock Chalk Challenge, beating the Jayhawks 11-5 (3/15) and 4-0 (3/16).
• The Golden Hurricane are led by Julia Hollingsworth, who is the team leader in batting average (.440), hits (44), total bases (53), walks (16) and stolen bases (7-9). In the circle, Tulsa has a staff earned run average of 3.01 and are led by Chenise Delce’s 1.43 ERA. Delce has a team-high 74 strikeouts in 83.1 innings pitched.
• Following the single game against Tulsa, KU continues its Oklahoma-road swing with a three-game series against Oklahoma State in Stillwater April 5-7.