Wichita State dropped its final road series of the season in a 3-1 contest at No. 25 Tulsa Sunday afternoon.
Wichita State (29-23, 10-8) collected only three hits in the finale and had only seven combined hits in the final two games of the series. Tulsa (33-16, 14-4) received a solid pitching performance from Samantha Pochop, who only allowed one run and three hits in 7.0 innings.
Ryleigh Buck produced the lone offensive highlight with her fourth inning solo home run. The blast was her ninth of the season, moving her into a tie with Madison Perrigan for the team lead.
Erin McDonald pitched 6.0 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out seven. With the loss, McDonald’s record drops to 12-11 on the season.
Tulsa didn’t waste any time putting the pressure on to begin the game. After a walk and single from the first two batters, Rylie Spell delivered a two-run double down the left field line to put the Hurricane in front 2-0. McDonald would get out of the inning without any further damage, stranding two more TU baserunners.
McDonald struck out the side in the bottom of the second, but found herself in trouble in the third. A leadoff double, followed by an RBI single up the middle made it 3-0 for the Golden Hurricane.
For the third time in the series, Buck provided the first Shocker hit of the game in the top of the fourth, this one going over the left field fence. Her solo homer to lead off the fourth cut the Hurricane lead to 3-1.
In the top of the fifth, Neleigh Herring beat out an infield single, bringing up Lauren Mills with one out. Mills, however, hit into an inning ending 3-6-3 double play to quiet a potential threat.
Down to their final out, the Shockers managed to load the bases behind a Bailee Nickerson walk, Adi Reese infield single and Neleigh Herring hit by pitch, but Lauren Mills would pop up in foul territory to end the threat and the ballgame.
Wichita State wraps up regular season play next weekend (May 3-5) against first place USF. The Shockers host the Bulls for game one on Friday at 6 p.m.