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WKU Softball Falls Short in Pair of Games vs. Green Bay, UNI

WKU Softball Falls Short in Pair of Games vs. Green Bay, UNI

Posted on 28 February 2014 by Allen


The Western Kentucky University softball team (9-6-1) fell in a pair of games Friday afternoon in the opening day of the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic, as Green Bay (1-1) sneaked by 6-5 and Northern Iowa (10-5) took a 6-3 win.

GAME ONE—Green Bay 6, WKU 5

Down three runs going into the seventh inning, the Green Bay Phoenix used four runs in its final at-bats to take a 6-5 win against WKU.

Freshman Hannah Miniard (4-1) pitched 1.2 innings of relief to take the loss, after giving up the four hits Green Bay needed to take the lead. Miniard walked two while striking out a pair. Junior Janna Scheff started the game, going five innings before coming back in to get the final out of the game. Scheff gave up four hits and two runs while walking three and striking out three.

Junior Preslie Cruce, senior Olivia Watkins and sophomore Brooke Holloway had a pair of hits each, as WKU had nine to Green Bay’s eight. Freshman Marley Harmon added two RBI in the contest.

WKU quickly went ahead with a run in the first two innings before the visitors tied it with two runs in the fifth. A three-run sixth inning gave WKU the advantage at 5-2 after the Lady Toppers posted five hits in the frame.

Green Bay capitalized on four hits and two runs in the final inning to post the winning runs.

GAME TWO—Northern Iowa 6, WKU 3

WKU couldn’t overcome two home runs from UNI in the day’s final game, as the Lady Toppers fell 6-3 to the Panthers.

A solo shot in the second and a two-run home run in the fourth led UNI to the win, as the Panthers posted seven hits to WKU’s six. Senior Olivia Watkins led WKU at the plate with a 2-for-4 night, as she scored the Lady Toppers’ first two runs of the contest.

Senior Emily Rousseau (5-5) went the first six innings, giving up six hits and five runs while walking three and striking out seven. Scheff came in for an inning of relief, allowing one hit and one run.

Watkins’ two runs put WKU ahead 2-1 after three innings of play. The Panthers then added a pair in the fourth before putting up a run in each of the final three innings.

The Lady Toppers added one more run in the bottom seventh after Scheff reached on an error before crossing home plate on a senior Amanda Thomas sacrifice fly.

WKU is back in action on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT versus Indiana State and again at 3:30 p.m. CT against Wright State. All games take place at Michael O. Buchanon Park.

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WKU Softball Closes Out Home Tourney with Pair of Wins

WKU Softball Closes Out Home Tourney with Pair of Wins

Posted on 24 February 2014 by Allen


In the final day of the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Spring Classic, the Western Kentucky University softball team (9-4-1) carried the momentum of the weekend to post two more wins, defeating Canisius (2-7) 2-1 and Bradley (5-9) 5-1 on Sunday.

Over the weekend, the WKU pitching staff of Emily Rousseau and Hannah Miniard allowed three runs on 13 hits, leading WKU to a 4-0 tournament record. At the plate, Shawna Sadler and Olivia Watkins tabbed eight hits each while Preslie Cruce followed with six hits and a team-high five RBI. WKU outscored its opponents 22-3 while outhitting them with 38 total.

WKU is back in action this weekend with another home tournament, as the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic will take place at Bowling Green’s Buchanon Park from Friday, Feb. 28-Sunday, Mar. 2. WKU will welcome Indiana State, IUPUI, Northern Iowa, Green Bay and Wright State. WKU’s first game is on Friday at 10:30 a.m. CT against Green Bay.

GAME ONE—WKU 2, Canisius 1

With Canisius leading 1-0 heading to the bottom seventh, WKU capitalized on two Griffs fielding errors to come back and take the game 2-1.

Senior Rousseau (5-4) knocked out a season-high nine batters at the plate while retiring 13 of the last batters she faced, as the Louisiana native gave up three hits and one earned run in her seven innings of action. Canisius’ Jen Consaul (1-3) allowed five WKU hits while walking two. The two runs for the Lady Toppers were unearned.

Seniors took control at the plate, as Watkins and Kelsie Mattox had a pair of hits each in the contest. WKU had multiple chances to score early, leaving a total of seven on base, including two innings with bases loaded.

Canisius jumped on the scoreboard in the third inning after a double from Alexis Roman brought in Michelle DelPrince who stood on first after a single to open the frame.

Mattox started WKU’s half of the seventh inning with a single up the middle before senior Tiffany Gooch took her place at first. After Gooch moved to second on sophomore Bethany Oglesby’s sacrifice bunt, Gooch made it home on a fielding error to tie the game at one run each. With Watkins standing on second, freshman Andie Martin sent a ball toward the visitor’s shortstop who was unable to field it, allowing Watkins’ speed to beat the throw to the plate.

GAME TWO—WKU 5, Bradley 1

Freshman Miniard continued to have a strong weekend, throwing her second one-hit complete game in a 5-1 win over Bradley.

Miniard (4-0) struck out a season-high 11 batters while walking four. The Danville, Ky., native allowed just one run in the second inning after a RBI double scored Alyson Clemente who was standing at first base. Bradley’s Jaelen Hull (2-5) took the loss after going 5.2 innings with eight hits, all five runs and four walks dished out while striking out five.

The offense found production at the plate, putting up nine hits on the Braves. Cruce, Sadler and Watkins tabbed two hits each while scoring a run apiece. Senior Amanda Thomas notched two RBI.

After Bradley’s lone run in the second, WKU immediately responded by tying the score in the bottom half of the frame with a Sadler run from Oglesby’s at-bat. The Lady Toppers took over the lead in the next inning after speedy Watkins moved from first to third on Martin’s sacrifice bunt before scoring on Thomas’ sacrifice fly.

A pair of runs in the fourth made it 4-1 after Mattox opened the inning with an inside-the-park home run carried by the strong winds to the fence corner in right field. Freshman Amber Williams then came in as a pinch runner for Cruce after her single to left to score on another Thomas at-bat. WKU closed out the game with a single run in the sixth off of Cruce’s first home run of the season.

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WKU Softball Opens Home Tourney with Dominating 8-1 Win over Canisius

Posted on 21 February 2014 by Allen


The Western Kentucky University softball team (6-4-1) opened the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Spring Fling in dominating fashion, using 11 hits toward an 8-1 win over Canisius (2-4) on Friday.

Five Lady Toppers totaled two or more hits in the victory, led by senior Olivia Watkins 3-for-4 effort at the plate. Juniors Preslie Cruce and Shawna Sadler, sophomore Bethany Oglesby and freshman Andie Martin each totaled two hits each while Oglesby and Cruce had two RBI apiece.

Senior Emily Rousseau (4-4) earned the win after settling down in her role throughout the contest to give up six hits and one earned run while striking out five during five innings of work. Freshman Hannah Miniard closed out the final two innings with two hits allowed and a pair of strikeouts. Canisius’ Sarah Andrews (1-3) went the entire game with five earned runs, three walks and three strikeouts.

The Griffs got off to a hot start with three hits and a run in the first inning of action. The visitors held the 1-0 lead until WKU knotted it in the third frame with a RBI single from Martin.

The Lady Toppers’ offense took over the advantage in each of the innings after, capitalizing on seven hits and two Canisius errors in the final three innings. WKU went up 3-1 in the fourth after Oglesby scored on a Cruce single and Cruce crossed the plate on a Griffs miscue one at-bat later.

The lead blew open in the fifth with Martin getting things started with a double deep to right field. With Rousseau on second and Martin moved to third after a Sadler sacrifice bunt, Oglesby notched a single up the middle to make it 5-1 before Cruce added another run with her RBI single to left.

Two more runs in the sixth sealed the win at 8-1 when sophomore Brooke Holloway stepped to the plate with two out and two on to cause the Canisius right fielder to miss a ball deep in the outfield and bring in the runs.

WKU is back in action on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. CT against Miami (OH) who split a pair of games in the tournament’s opening day. The tournament’s first game of day two begins at 10 a.m. CT at the WKU Softball Complex.

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