OKLAHOMA CITY Kansas softball players were hoping today that they would receive a phone call with an at-large NCAA bid after the Jayhawks settled for second place in the Big Eight Tournament.
Shannon Kimberling's bases-loaded single with one out in the ninth inning gave Oklahoma State a 2-1 victory over Kansas in the championship game here Sunday.
Kansas had tied the game 1-1 in the top of the seventh when Camille Spitaleri scored on a wild pitch by winner Dena Carter.
Roanna Brazier pitched a complete game for the Jayhawks. She was named to the all-tournament team along with third baseman Spitaleri and shortstop Christy Arterburn. Spitaleri, a sophomore from Sunnyvale, Calif., was named the tourney MVP.
The Jayhawks, who dropped a 1-0 decision to Missouri in the tourney opener, won three in a row to reach the title contest.
Kansas, 44-17, has won 23 of its last 26 games. Okie State, 38-9, went through the league meet undefeated and received an automatic NCAA bid.
FJ Oklahoma State
Roanna Brazier and Jodi Hoyer; Dena Carter and Shannon Kimberling. WP Carter, 21-5. LP Brazier, 28-7.
2B Ketcham, OSU. 3B Shelly Sack, KU.