Jayhawks beat Tulsa, 7-4
TULSA, Okla. – Kansas secured a win in its final non-conference game of the season at Tulsa, beating the Golden Hurricane 7-4 at Collins Sports Family Complex.
Tulsa earned the first run of the game off Kansas starter Lexy Mills in the bottom of the first inning, but Mills held the Golden Hurricane attack scoreless for the next three innings.
The Jayhawks captured the lead in the second inning and never relinquished it to Tulsa.
Sydnee Ramsey reached base on a single through the left side to start the inning and advanced to second on a ground out by Miranda Rodriguez. A Shelby Hughston single to center field plated Ramsey, and an Emily Bermel double in the next at bat scored Hughston.
The final run of the inning came one batter later on a Brittany Jackson single up the middle, which plated Bermel from second.
After two scoreless innings by both teams, KU again tallied a three-run inning, which included a two-run home run by Ramsey. The Jayhawks netted their final run of the inning on another Jackson single, which scored Bermel from third.
Tulsa responded in the bottom half of the fifth, tallying three runs of its own. Hannah Todd relieved Mills and pitched the Jayhawks out of a bases loaded situation.
KU held a 6-4 advantage and added an insurance run on a Jennifer Marwitz home run in the top of the seventh.
Mills earned her sixth win of the season and pitched 4.2 innings, while Todd earned her second save of the season after pitching the final 2.1 innings.
- Jennifer Marwitz hit her second home run of the season and second in three games.
- Mills earned her team-high sixth win of the season.
- The Jayhawks tallied double-digit hits in back-to-back games, tallying 11 hits at Tulsa and 12 hits against Baylor.
On how this win feels …
“It feels great. They are playing with confidence right now and are starting to trust. As a group they trust each other and trust their abilities. I am very proud of them for developing that.”
On what the team can take from this win into the Oklahoma State series …
“We had to make pitching adjustments on our end tonight. Lexy (Mills) battled hard for us for five and half innings, and our bullpen was able to go at the opposing team. Our defense is doing their job and I am proud of our pitching staff for staying mentally tough tonight. The win gives us momentum going into the weekend and we have confidence that will carry us into Big 12 play. Tulsa is a great program and they got two wins over us earlier in the season. I am proud of our team for bouncing back tonight and getting the win, but now it is time to focus on Oklahoma State.”
Kansas continues its four-game Oklahoma road swing at Oklahoma State April 5-7 in Stillwater, Okla. The Cowgirls last competed against UT-Arlington on April 3, dropping the contest 2-1.