Greensboro, N.C. Kansas University freshman Kristin Martinez threw a complete-game two-hitter, and the Jayhawks won their third tournament title in three weeks with a 1-0 victory over Minnesota in the championship game of the UNCG Spartan Classic on Sunday.
The outcome avenged KU’s loss to the Golden Gophers on Friday on the tournament’s first day.
The Jayhawks improved to 4-1 at the tourney and 14-1 overall.
Minnesota fell to 7-7 overall.
“Kristin Martinez has to be heralded for her performance today,” KU coach Megan Smith said. “They couldn’t touch her. She took command of the game and kept command and we are really proud of her.”
Martinez (6-0) allowed just six runners and struck out five. She walked just one.
Kansas scored the game’s only run on an RBI double from Marissa Ingle in the seventh.
Freshman Ashley Newman beat out a throw to first to safely reach base for KU’s fifth hit. Ingle then stepped to the plate and roped a double down the left-field line as Newman scored all the way from first.
The Golden Gophers’ Sara Moulton fanned nine Jayhawks during the pitcher’s duel but gave up seven hits, including two to senior Brittany Hile.
The Jayhawks will travel March 4-6 to Las Vegas for the UNLV Eller Media Stadium Classic.