The final on Sunday in Orlando ends in a draw
04/21/2021 | 5.00
ORLANDO – Due to the drop-dead rule and travel arrangements, No. 25 Wichita State and No. 23 UCF fought a 0-0 draw on Sunday afternoon.
Wichita State (32-5-1, 14-1-1) just recorded their second game to end in a draw in school history. The Shockers and Jayhawks played 2-2 on April 30, 1991.
Caitlin Bingham (8-1-1) threw another outstanding game, allowing eight hits over a career high of 10.1 innings. She only gave up one step and turned down three.
The Shockers had two hits that season, with Sydney McKinney and Ryleigh Buck scoring one hit each.
Wichita State really only threatened a goal once, finishing in sixth place. McKinney kicked off a colorful single to break UCF’s no-hit offer. Neleigh Herring grabbed the interference of a catcher and then Buck loaded the bases on an infield single. Bailee Nickerson would strike on the next stroke to end the inning.
UCF started at the end of sixth place with a leadoff triple from Volpe and would let themselves run out of a potential game win. With no outs and Volpe in third place, the next batsman hit a deep fly ball to the right, but Volpe didn’t hit. The next batsman would run into a mistake, but Bingham escaped with a ground out and strikeout to keep the game 0-0.
The Knights clinched third place again at the end of tenth place, but Bingham caused a lineout to pull the team back.
UCF started the bottom of the 11th with a leadoff walk and a one-time single-put runner on the corners, but that’s where the game ended. The umpires enforced the drop dead rule and ended the game with a hit at the end of 11th and a knight in first and third place.
# 25 Wichita State has a weekday matchup in Kansas on Wednesday, April 21st at 5pm