STILLWATER — Senior Kat Espinosa started in the circle and was relieved by junior Simone Freeman after the fifth, but this didn’t slow down the Kansas offense.
KU jumped ahead with another four runs in the top of the sixth. Three of the hits didn’t leave the infield, and ground balls through the infield — combined with several mistakes of the Cowgirls’ defense — put the Jayhawks up by four runs.
“I don’t know, you could say that we messed up but when they’re getting their hits on the infield like that it’s definitely balls bouncing their way,” Wieligman said. “You know, we need to overcome that. And then we compounded things by maybe walking a hitter or hitting somebody and then giving up a big hit.”
With two outs for OSU in the seventh inning Ettinger hit a three-run home run to left, closing the gap for the Cowgirls. However, a strikeout by Mikkelson ended the game.
“You know we hit the ball, we scored seven runs — granted there were three of them at the end of the game, but you know I love our kids’ fight,” Wieligman said. “I like how they fought back there.”