Softball beats Tulsa to win eighth straight game

Grant Cohen

Wichita State had a comfortable lead in the second inning of Wednesday’s road game with Tulsa, staying ahead 7-0. Three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning cut the Shockers’ lead to two runs, 7-5.

 The Golden Hurricane managed to leave the tying-run on base, WSU forced a flyout to win their second straight against Tulsa, and their eighth straight overall. 

Senior Cacy Williams got things started for the Shockers in the top of the first inning, hitting her 37th career home run to put Wichita State up 2-0. A bases-loaded double by junior Ashley Johnson scored two more Shocker runs in the top of the second inning. 

Junior Paige Luellen followed with a double to left field that cleared the bases to make it a 6-0 Wichita State lead. A single by junior Macklin Hitz pushed Wichita State’s lead 7-0 in the second inning, with Luellen scoring from second. 

Tulsa responded in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring two straight runs. A wild pitch by junior Katie Malone and a single by the Hurricanes cut the Shockers’ lead to 7-2. 

The Hurricanes did not go away quietly, scoring off seven hits in the bottom of the fifth inning. After Tulsa managed to get runners on first and third base with no outs, junior Jenni Brooks came in to pitch for Malone. 

Malone pitched six innings, not allowing a run to score in five of those. Getting her 11th win of the season, Malone managed to strike out two Tulsa batters while only giving up one walk in the Shocker’s victory.

A sacrifice groundball to shortstop, along with an RBI single to center field brought in two Hurricanes, cutting the lead to 7-5. 

Brooks, however, would not let her team down, working through two straight outs to help the Shockers hang onto the win 7-5. 

 Tulsa managed to hit .346 percent against WSU to go along with 13 hits. WSU’s pitching and defense didn’t allow the Golden Hurricanes to capitalize with opportunities, leaving Tulsa runners on base when the side was retired in six of the seven innings at Collin’s Softball Complex. 

The Shockers managed to get eight hits in 30 at bats, batting .267 percent in Wednesday’s victory. Johnson and junior Mackenzie Adams got two hits each — Johnson driving in two Shocker runs along with Williams and Luellen. 

Wichita State (29-18,14-5) won their eighth straight game at Tulsa on Wednesday night, sweeping the season series by winning 11-3 in five innings at Wilkins Stadium on March 30th. The Shockers travel to Terre Haute, Indiana, to face Indiana State in a three-game series. A doubleheader on Saturday followed by a single game on Sunday, all starting at noon.