LINCOLN, NEB. Kalum Haack tossed and turned in bed all night Saturday.
"I knew that if we won two Sunday, we'd be champions and accomplish one of our goals," Kansas University's softball coach said. "I couldn't sleep well, so I found myself going over lineups and situations strategy, how to pitch to each batter. When your mind is going like that, you don't sleep too well."
The skipper slept like a baby back in Lawrence on Sunday, though. KU toppled Oklahoma State, 4-0, and clipped Iowa State, 1-0, earlier in the day in Lincoln, Neb., and clinched the regular-season Big Eight title.
The Jayhawks, 9-1 in the Big Eight and 37-16 overall, placed third in the conference regular season last year and fifth two years ago Haack's first on the job.
"BEFORE THE season, we set a goal of being seeded first in the conference tournament, and we've accomplished that by winning the regular-season title," Haack said. "Our next goal is to win the tournament. Everybody wants a ring. If we do that, we'd be on to regionals and set new goals."
Kansas will host Creighton on Tuesday at Jayhawk Field, then travel to the Big Eight postseason tourney, which starts Friday in Oklahoma City.
On Sunday, Jayhawk pitcher Roanna Brazier raised her record to 25-5 by stifling OSU. She tossed a two-hitter, and KU benefitted from six Cowboy errors. Kim Sacco and Camille Spitaleri each had two hits for the Jayhawks.
Kansas scored its sole run against Iowa State in the fourth. Spitaleri singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. She was sacrificed to third by Brazier and scored on an error.
Jill Bailey, 12-8, was the winner, while Brazier pitched the final two innings to gain a save.
SUNDAY'S WINS were in addition to victories Saturday over Okie State, 2-1, and Iowa State, 4-2.
Nebraska, which split with Kansas earlier in the season, finished 8-2 in the league.
"I felt we could win it," the coach said. "We're just starting to peak now. We've been playing very well. The nice thing is we're still a very young team and we had a great recruiting year. We signed five. I think our players see the potential, and that's exciting. They wanted the title and went out and got it."
KANSAS 4, OKLAHOMA STATE 0 Kansas
FJ Oklahoma State
Roanna Brazier and Jodi Hoyer; Roche and Kimberling. W Brazier (25-5). L Roche. KANSAS 1, IOWA STATE 0 Iowa State
Jill Bailey, Roanna Brazier (6) and Jodi Hoyer; Berka and Harper. W Bailey (12-8). L Berka.
2B Condon, ISU.