On Sunday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark in Lawrence, the Kansas Jayhawks women’s softball team accomplished a feat never done before at the school. They defeated a number one ranked team. Kansas beat top-ranked Oklahoma, 2-0.
With the win, Kansas improved to 31-16 overall and 6-8 in conference play, while dropping Oklahoma to 44-4 and 12-2 in conference. Kansas before the game was 0-5 vs top-ranked teams, including a loss earlier in the day to these same Sooners.
Jayhawks pitcher Kelsey Kessler, lasted the entire game, giving up seven hits and striking out four batters. Oklahoma starting pitcher Michelle Gascoigne, pitched five innings of the game, and giving up the first run in the first inning.
Kansas freshman shortstop Chaley Brickey knocked home the game winner with a double in the opening inning. Fellow freshman Alex Hugo crossed home with the big hit. Brickey later scored in the sixth inning.
Kessler, another freshman finished with her fifth shut-out of the season, stranding nine Sooners in the game, including four in scoring position. The win was huge for the Jayhawks as they are hoping for a better seed in the Big 12 conference tournament. Kansas next faces Iowa State next weekend, as they hope for a winning record in confernce.
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