Oklahoma State pulled out something used only once before against Kansas University's softball coach Kalum Haack -- a broom.
Kansas was swept by the Cowgirls, 4-1, 7-3, Sunday afternoon at Jayhawk Field. It was just the second sweep in a four-game series in Haack's eight years at KU.
"They came out ready to play," senior Lora Richardson said. "Any time you get beat twice the day before, you come out with more intensity, but they were ready for us today."
The Jayhawks went into extra innings in the opener before allowing three runs in the top of the eighth. The Cowgirls' Karie Langelier highlighted the inning with a double for one of her six RBIs in the doubleheader.
"They're a great hitting team," senior Joy Herrera said. "With 10 seniors, they have a lot of experience. When it came down to crunch time, they did it."
Kansas had an opportunity to take the lead in the sixth. With one out, singles by Kristina Johnson and Michelle Hubler gave KU runners at first and third. Richardson then grounded to shortstop Brandi Stephenson, who threw out Johnson "We had our chances today," Haack said. "I dreamed of situations with first and third with the cleanup hitter up. But we grounded out and struck out. That's been the dadgum season."
KU starter Beth Robinson allowed one run on three hits through seven innings.
"Beth's struggled with her back all year, but she pitched great today," Richardson said. "You can't expect her to continue to pitch that great for eight innings."
The series was the home finale for Kansas, who dropped to 17-21 overall, 3-13 in the Big Eight. Richardson, Herrera and Sally Kirkwood played their final games at Jayhawk Field.
"Any time you finish a career somewhere, it's a sad time," Richardson said. "I wish it could have ended on a better note."
Richardson gave the Jayhawks a 1-0 lead in the nightcap with an RBI triple in the first inning. OSU answered with a two-run homer by Langelier in the second for a 2-1 lead. KU rallied behind a Johnson walk, an error and Sarah McCann's RBI single to tie the game in the fourth. But the Cowgirls scored three in the bottom of the inning for a 5-2 lead.
"Our pitching is not holding up and we're not doing anything to compensate for it. We know our weaknesses, but we can't do it," Haack said. "Once again we came back, but allowed them to take the lead back from us."
Oklahoma State improved to 33-14 overall, 11-3 in the conference. Kansas will travel to Creighton on Wednesday.