MURFREESBORO, Tenn.— The Western Kentucky University softball team (20-11, 9-3 SBC) used 11 hits to cruise past Middle Tennessee (4-30, 1-10 SBC) 6-1 at Blue Raider Field on Wednesday.
Junior Emily Rousseau (11-4) completed the game with her fifth double-digit strikeout performance of the season, as she fanned 10 Blue Raider batters. Rousseau allowed four hits and two walks. MT’s Jordyn Fisherback (3-14) took the loss after allowing four runs on six hits while striking out two in 4.2 innings of work. Caitlin McClure came in as relief to give up the final five hits and two runs.
Sophomore Preslie Cruce went three-for-four at the plate while senior Katrina Metoyer and fellow classmate Ciara Garcia had two hits each.
The Blue Raiders took the first lead of the contest after Kayla Toney took a first-pitch home run over the left field wall in the bottom third.
WKU quickly responded in the next half inning, as Garcia posted a two-out, two-RBI double off the right field fence. Junior Amanda Thomas notched a single with one out while senior Mallorie Sulaski moved pinch runner Bethany Oglesby to second on a single up the middle before Garcia’s at-bat.
The lead extended in the top fifth for WKU off of the bat of Metoyer. The centerfielder punched a two-run home run just inside the right field foul pole to give the Lady Toppers a 4-1 advantage. The shot scored senior Karavin Dew from second, who reached on a hit by pitch and advanced on a groundout.
Two more runs were added to the board in the top sixth for WKU with Garcia opening the inning with a single to right. After pinch runner Tiffany Gooch came in to replace Garcia, the junior made her way to third on a junior Shawna Sadler sacrifice bunt and wild pitch before scoring on a Cruce single to left field. Dew posted the last run of the game off of a sacrifice fly from sophomore Jacqueline McGill.