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Hot Bats Give No. 20 South Alabama 9-5 Win over WKU Softball

Posted on 28 April 2014 by Allen

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No. 20 South Alabama (37-10, 14-5) had the hot bats early, as the Western Kentucky University softball team (31-20-1, 10-8) fell 9-5 in the series finale at the WKU Softball Complex on Sunday.

Hits and runs came late for WKU, as the Lady Toppers finished with nine hits. Senior Amanda Thomas had three hits in her four trips to the plate, finishing with a pair of RBI. Senior Kelsie Mattox and sophomore Brooke Holloway posted two hits each while Holloway notched two runs.

All three WKU pitchers saw 2.1 innings in the circle, dishing out 16 total hits to the Jaguars while the visitors also capitalized on three errors by WKU. Senior Emily Rousseau (16-14) started the game, allowing eight hits with four earned runs and one strikeout. Freshman Hannah Miniard and junior Janna Scheff combined for the other eight hits with Miniard giving up two earned runs.

South Alabama’s Hannah Campbell (16-4) earned the win, as she had four earned runs and four strikeouts in the complete-game outing.

The Jaguars built a 6-0 lead after 3.5 innings of action, using 10 hits and one WKU error to build an early advantage. WKU added its first run to the scoreboard in the bottom fourth after an error by USA third baseman Emily Messer kept junior Shawna Sadler on base and allowed Mattox to score.

After a RBI double by Stephanie Pilkington in the fifth allowed South Alabama the run back, Holloway hit her team-high sixth home run of the season to set the score at 7-2 after five.

A pair of runs came in for the Jags in the next frame after a fielding error by Thomas allowed the first run before a single to center by Messer added the other for a 9-2 ballgame.

WKU had its best inning of the game in the seventh after a single by junior Jacqueline McGill opened the frame followed by a bunt single from senior Tiffany Gooch. Holloway added a hit to load the bases before a junior Preslie Cruce groundout brought in pinch runner Amber Williams. Thomas then doubled to right center field to score the final two runs and end the late rally.

The series completed the last home Sun Belt Conference series in program history and a grueling week for the Lady Toppers, as WKU faced teams in the top 25 or receiving votes, falling in five tough games.

The team looks to end a six-game skid with its final home game against Evansville on Tuesday, April 29 at 5 p.m. CT before heading to Georgia State for the final SBC and regular-season games with a meeting against the Panthers at 5 p.m. CT on Friday, May 2.

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