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WKU Softball Posts Pair of Wins in Day One of Tennessee Tournament

Posted on 07 March 2014 by Allen

WKU Softball

The Western Kentucky University softball team (13-6-1) recorded a pair of wins in the opening day of the Tennessee Tournament, taking a 9-1 win in five innings over Holy Cross (1-4) and a 2-1 win against Campbell (13-9) on Friday.

The Tennessee Tournament continues on Saturday, as WKU faces host No. 3/2 Tennessee at 1 p.m. CT in its lone game of the day. Live video as well as gametracker will be available via UTSports.com.

GAME ONE-WKU 9, Holy Cross 1 (5 innings)

WKU capitalized on its eight hits and three Holy Cross errors to take a 9-1 win in five innings in Friday’s first contest.

Freshmen India Steward and Marley Harmon led the team with two hits each, including Harmon posting her first home run of the season in the fourth inning. Steward tabbed three of WKU’s runs while Harmon had two. Fellow classmate Andie Martin had a team-high two RBI.

Freshman Hannah Miniard (6-1) earned the win, giving up four hits and four walks while striking out three.

The Lady Toppers quickly took to business, posting a 4-0 lead in the first inning. The Crusaders’ first error of the game got by the second baseman to score junior Preslie Cruce and senior Amanda Thomas. With junior Shawna Sadler reaching on the error and sophomore Brooke Holloway on by a walk, Martin doubled to center for the frame’s final runs.

Steward brought in the lone run in the second inning, coming home off of Thomas’ double to left field for a 5-0 advantage. Harmon then opened the fourth with her homer before Steward tripled down the right field line. The Illinois native then scored on a RBI single by Cruce.

With Holy Cross posting a run in the fifth after a bloop hit to the outfield, WKU came back in the bottom half to have Harmon and Steward come home on another miscue by the Crusaders for the 9-1 final. Both the freshmen reached base on singles.

GAME TWO-WKU 2, Campbell 1

After a contest of putting up the offense, it took just one swing of the bat and a wild pitch to take a 2-1 win over Campbell to close Friday.

Senior Emily Rousseau (7-5) pitched all seven frames, taking the win with six hits given up and four strikeouts.

At the plate, WKU posted five hits, including senior Olivia Watkins recording a hit in her 10th-straight game for a new career-long hit streak.

A lone run came in the first inning after Sadler hit a sacrifice fly to center to allow Cruce to score. Campbell tied it up at 1 after using three hits, including two singles up the middle, in the top third.

The Lady Toppers broke the tie and sealed the win in the fourth when, after loading the bases, junior Jacqueline McGill came home on a wild pitch.

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