Jayhawks complete the series sweep of Green Bay
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Jayhawks recorded their first series sweep of an opponent since May 12-14, 2016 against Iowa State, defeating Green Bay 5-4 in a walk-off in the seventh inning at Arrocha Ballpark.
Sydnee Ramsey accounted for three RBI which included the two-RBI double to net Kansas the victory over Green Bay.
Hannah Todd replaced Tarin Travieso in the second inning and never looked back, pitching 5.2 innings with no runs allowed on three hits with one strikeouts. Todd earned her first career victory at Kansas
Green Bay jumped out early on the Jayhawks, tagging the KU pitching staff for three runs in the first inning on a home run. The Phoenix netted their final run of the game in the second on a solo home run.
Kansas plated one run in the first, second and third innings, including a Ramsey home run on the first pitch of the second inning.
Down to two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Kansas needed to find an answer down one run to the Phoenix.
Madison Sykes reached after being hit in the helmet by a pitch from the Green Bay reliever and stole second in the next at bat. Morgyn Wynne and Becki Monaghan each recorded walks in the next two at bats to load the bases.
Ramsey approached the plate and laced a double into the left center gap, avoiding the Green Bay shift. Sykes scored and Wynne raced home to avoid the incoming throw by the Green Bay outfielder.
The Jayhawks earned their third-consecutive victory and have won five of their last six games.
- Hannah Todd earned her first career victory at Kansas, pitching 5.2 innings with no runs allowed in relief. Todd’s 5.2 innings pitched are a career-high.
- Sydnee Ramsey finished the three-game series 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 on the weekend and pitched four innings or more against the Phoenix.
- The three-game series sweep over Green Bay is the first for Kansas since May 12-14, 2016 against Iowa State. KU beat ISU 11-5, 11-1 and 8-0 in the three-game series.
- 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.
On beating Green Bay three times this weekend …
It is a huge confidence builder for us heading into Big 12 play against Baylor. We grabbed a little momentum and we feel pretty prepared right now. We had a tough start to the season and have had a lot of close games. We are starting to figures things out, playing smarter and better as a team. Hannah Todd’s performance today was huge for us. Our pitching staff is getting better for us and that is going to be important for us heading into the Big 12 because it is going to take all of them. Offensively we are learning to have better quality at bats, trying to get runners in scoring position and push runs across the plate in the pressure situation is important.
On what Kansas can use from this series heading into the Big 12 conference opener against Baylor …
Wichita State is very good team. When you play a team like that that close and you have an opportunity to win, it is painful because you put yourself in a situation to win. As hard as it is to lose that game, it gave them confidence heading into this weekend against Green Bay. Our player’s mindset has been on how they are going to get the job done. It was big for us to get the three wins this weekend. Our bats have been solid overall, we have had spurts of great defense at times, but there is always work to do. The biggest thing for us this week is to get rested and healthy, while preparing for Baylor this weekend. Excited about the week and for our players to give their mind and bodies rest.
Kansas opens Big 12 play against Baylor at Arrocha Ballpark on March 29-31. Baylor leads the overall series 36-26 and beat KU in all three games of the 2018 series.
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