KANSAS 8, BOWLING GREEN 3
FORT COLLINS, CO – Kansas muscled up to start Tuesday’s action at the 2022 NISC, hitting four home runs to power past Bowling Green and move within one more win to earning a spot in the championship round.
The Jayhawks (19-35) are the No. 12 seed for tournament after playing in the demanding Big 12 Conference and will face either Virginia or Central Arkansas on Wednesday, with the winner of that contest making the final four of the event.
Lyric Moore started the KU offense with a solo home run in the top of the second inning. The Falcons countered in the bottom of the frame with two-out RBI hits from Sarah Gonzalez and Payton Hamm, putting Bowling Green up, 2-1.
Olivia Bruno, who homered in KU’s win Monday over Stephen F. Austin, launched a three-run shot in the third inning to put the Jayhawks in front again, 4-2. Bruno added an RBI double in the fifth, and Moore drove in Bruno with her own double to make it 6-2. Jordan Richards added a solo shot in the sixth, her first career home run, and Savanna DesRochers drilled another home run in the seventh.
Kansas starting pitcher Kasey Hamilton threw five innings, allowing four hits, to get the win – she got substantial help from her defense as Kansas turned three double plays. No. 9 Bowling Green, which added a run in the seventh on a hit from Gonzalez, ends the season at 34-21.