May 5, 2013
The loss, which snapped OU's six-game winning streak, was the Sooners' first to an unranked team since a 5-4 loss to Texas Tech on April 6, 2012. It was also the first setback to an unranked opponent on the road since a 1-0 defeat at Tulsa on March 23, 2011.
Oklahoma is now 2-4 this year when scoring two runs or fewer, compared to a 42-0 mark when scoring at least three runs.
For the second time in the doubleheader, Kansas scored within the first two innings.
In the first inning, Alex Hugo reached on a two-out single and came around to score one batter later when Chaley Brickey doubled.
The Jayhawks added an insurance run in the sixth inning when Brickey came home on a passed ball with the bases loaded.
Oklahoma had its chances in the game, but stranded a total of nine runners on base.
The Sooners left a pair of runners on in both the first and second innings and again in the fourth.
In the fifth inning, sophomore Lauren Chamberlain led things off with a double to left field and took third on a sacrifice bunt by fellow sophomore Georgia Casey. The Sooners were unable to bring Chamberlain the final 60 feet, though as a ground out and pop out ended the chance.
Down to their final three outs, OU tried to rally in the seventh.
Senior Brianna Turang led off with a single and moved to second when Chamberlain fouled out to left field. After a popout to third, the game ended when sophomore Shelby Pendley's deep fly ball got knocked down by the wind and was caught on the warning track in center field.
Senior Michelle Gascoigne took the loss for OU, dropping her record to 16-3. She struck out four and walked one while giving up three hits. She allowed two runs, though only one of which was earned.
Junior Destinee Martinez was a perfect 3-3 at the plate to extend her season-best hit streak to seven games. She has now hit safely in 11 of her last 12 games, raising her average from .262 to .374 in that span.
With the final weekend of the regular season on tap, Oklahoma still controls its own destiny for the Big 12 title. With a 12-2 conference mark, the Sooners hold the lead over Texas, which is 13-4. OU has three games against Oklahoma State remaining, while the Longhorns have a single game left against Baylor.
The Sooners need two wins in the series against the Cowgirls to claim their sixth regular season title, while they would need one win should Texas fall to the Bears on Sunday.
The Bedlam Series against Oklahoma State, which features three games in three days in three cities, begins with Friday's contest in Oklahoma City at 6 p.m. The teams then play on Saturday in Norman at noon, while Sunday's finale takes place in Stillwater at 1 p.m.