No. 25 Tulsa matched Wichita State’s three-run sixth inning with three runs of its own to complete the comeback and evening the series with a 4-3 win Saturday afternoon at the Collins Family Softball Complex.
Wichita State (29-22, 10-7) drops back to three games behind the Golden Hurricane for second place in the league standings. Tulsa (32-16, 13-4) got the win behind a complete game from Chenise Delce.
Laurie Derrico drove in two of the team’s three runs with her sixth inning home run, moving her into a tie for first place on the school’s all-time home run list. Derrico’s 39 career home runs tie her with former Shocker great Cacy Williams at the top of the charts.
Caitlin Bingham fell to 13-9 after allowing four runs on five hits, while walking six and striking out five in 5.2 innings.
Much like game one it wasn’t until the top of the fourth when the first hit of the game was produced via a Ryleigh Buck single to left-center. Madison Perrigan then moved her to second on a sac bunt, but that would be as far as she would go.
Tulsa jumped in front for the first time in the series on a leadoff solo home run to right from Haley Meinen in the bottom half of the fourth.
The bats finally came to life in the top of the sixth for the Shockers. Sydney McKinney led off with a single through the left side and then advanced to second on a Buck sac bunt. Following a fielding error, WSU had runners on the corners with only one out. Kasidee Eck came in to pinch run, immediately stealing second and allowing McKinney to come home at the same time to tie the game at 1-1.
On the very next pitch, Derrico sent her seventh home run of the season over the center field fence to put the Shockers on top, 3-1.
The Hurricane would respond in the bottom half, tying the game at 3-3 on a double by Meinen and two-run homer to left by Alexis Perry. Three batters later, Tulsa would take a 4-3 lead behind a Julia Hollingsworth RBI single.
Neleigh Herring led off the seventh with a walk, but the Shockers would not be able to do anything with it.
Wichita State and Tulsa wrap up the weekend series on Sunday at 12 p.m.