MONROE, La.— A three-run walk-off home run by Alexis Cacioppo helped ULM (18-16, 4-7) avoid a series sweep on Sunday, as the Western Kentucky University softball team (28-14-1, 8-4) fell 4-3 at the ULM Softball Complex.
Cacioppo took a two-out, 2-1 pitch over the left field wall for the winning run, as ULM trailed 3-1 going into the seventh. A hit by pitch and a double put the runners on prior to the home run.
Senior Emily Rousseau (15-10) took the loss after giving up eight hits with one walk and six strikeouts. ULM’s Samantha Hamby (12-9) earned the win after taking the two losses on Saturday with three hits and eight walks given out.
Junior Shawna Sadler, senior Amanda Thomas and freshman Andie Martin had the hits for WKU while junior Preslie Cruce was walked in each of her four at-bats and senior Kelsie Mattox had two walks.
ULM took the first lead of the contest, as a throw from junior Jacqueline McGill trying to get Miyuki Navarrete stealing second went into centerfield, allowing the Warhawk speedster to come home for a 1-0 advantage in the third.
WKU took to the scoreboard late in the game, as a three-run sixth inning gave WKU a 3-1 lead. Back-to-back RBI singles by Thomas and Martin brought in freshman India Steward and Mattox, respectively, before a bases-loaded walk to sophomore Bethany Oglesby scored the team’s final run with Thomas making her way around the bases.
The Lady Toppers are back in action on Wednesday, April 16 with a trip to Murfreesboro, Tenn., to face former Sun Belt Conference and future Conference USA opponent Middle Tennessee. WKU won the contest earlier this month when MT came to Bowling Green 10-4.
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