BOWLING GREEN, Ky.—It took just over an hour for the Western Kentucky University softball team (26-13, 12-3 SBC) to take a 4-0 victory over Belmont (13-26) on Tuesday at the WKU Softball Complex.
During the hour and 15 minute game, the two teams combined for seven hits, four errors and 12 baserunners. WKU posted six of those hits, as junior Olivia Watkins went 3-for-3 at the plate with a run added.
Junior Emily Rousseau (15-5) held the Bruins to the minimum batters in four of the seven innings, as she gave up just one hit in the contest’s first at-bat. Rousseau struck out seven while allowing one walk.
Belmont’s Mia Vierra (3-6) took the loss after giving up four hits, three runs and striking out one. Taylor Moon and Katie Clancy also saw time in the circle, as each went one inning with one hit given up. Clancy also allowed a walk and run.
WKU took an early 3-0 advantage, using three hits and capitalizing on three Belmont errors to post the runs. Sophomore Preslie Cruce notched a single to open the inning before advancing to third on a Watkins single and throwing error. Senior Ciara Garcia then came to the plate to tab a RBI single. Junior Amanda Thomas followed that up with a sacrifice fly to right field while Garcia made her way home on junior Kelsie Mattox’s fielder’s choice.
Rousseau and the defense would retire 14-straight batters before a walk allowed a baserunner in the fifth. The Bruins put their first runner in scoring position in the top sixth after a WKU fielding error, but a groundout to Rousseau and a strikeout swinging would end any threat.
The Lady Toppers added one more run in the bottom frame of the sixth, as freshman Brooke Holloway would score on a sophomore Sammi McGraw sacrifice fly to right to seal the 4-0 win.