Wichita State softball clinches at least share of conference championship with two wins

With the opportunity to guarantee at least a share of the American Athletic Conference championship, the Wichita State softball team left no doubt in Tulsa on Saturday.

After a weather delay left WSU and Tulsa tied at 2 in the fifth inning, the Shockers rallied for six runs to cap off an 8-2 victory to start Saturday. A 30-minute break in between games failed to cool off the Shocker bats, as WSU scored 17 runs in the first three innings of the second game to secure a 17-2 run-rule victory after five innings to secure the sweep.

Wichita State (42-8, 15-2 AAC) now has the second-most wins in a season in program history and can clinch the outright AAC title with a win in Sunday’s 1 p.m. finale. WSU is one game up in the loss column on UCF (32-19, 11-3 AAC).

Head coach Kristi Bredbenner has guided the Shockers to all four of their regular-season conference championships in program history. WSU has previously won titles in the Missouri Valley in 2014 and 2016 and in the AAC in 2021.

The Shockers will conclude the regular season with a single road game at Kansas on Wednesday, then have more than a week off to prepare for the AAC tournament in Tampa, Fla. from May 11-13.

Not only is WSU considered a lock to once again play in an NCAA Regional this year, but the Shockers (RPI No. 21) could be in the mix to host their first postseason event in program history if they win out.