COLUMBIA, Mo.— The Western Kentucky University softball team (32-14, 15-3 SBC) took a 1-0 win over No. 11 Missouri (27-8) before falling 7-1 in a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at University Field.
Game one’s victory marked the fifth win this season against a ranked opponent but first in non-conference action, as the Lady Toppers took wins at No. 15 Louisiana-Lafayette and No. 25 South Alabama. The 2013 squad ties for the mark for the most wins against ranked foes in a season, as WKU took five in 2008 in head coach Tyra Perry’s first year on The Hill.
Game One—WKU 1, No. 11 Missouri 0
The Lady Toppers recorded its ninth shutout of the season, defeating the Tigers 1-0 in game one.
Junior Emily Rousseau (19-5) earned the win after giving up four hits and two walks while striking out three. Missouri’s Nicole Hudson (6-3) took the loss after allowing just one hit and two walks while the run came against her during her four innings in the circle. Lindsey Muller finished the game and gave up two hits.
WKU sealed its win in the first inning after a Tiger error allowed junior Kelsie Mattox to add the run. Mattox reached after a single landed in right-center field before moving to third on a pop-up and a senior Katrina Metoyer walk. Sophomore Shawna Sadler then stepped to the plate to lay down a bunt that Missouri’s third baseman Angela Randazzo threw wide of first to let Mattox plate the run.
The Tigers left nine runners on base in the game, including loading the bases in the first and fifth innings. Rousseau retired the last seven batters of the game while facing the minimum batters of a frame three times.
Game Two—No. 11 Missouri 7, WKU 1
Missouri used five hits and capitalized on two WKU errors to secure a 7-1 win in game two.
Senior Mallorie Sulaski (9-7) spent five innings in the circle, as she gave up three hits, three earned runs and seven walks while fanning two. Sophomore Janna Scheff closed out the contest, giving up two hits, three runs and two walks along with a strikeout.
Tiger pitcher Hudson (7-3) earned the win after going four innings with four hits and two walks to the Lady Toppers. Muller put in three innings of work, allowing two hits, one run and one walk.
Missouri took an early 1-0 lead after Jenna Marston sent a sacrifice fly to center in the bottom first inning. The advantage extended to 2-0 in the next inning when Emily Crane scored on a Marston RBI single.
Two more runs came in the fifth for Missouri off of a pair of bases-loaded walk to Taylor Gadbois and Crane. The Tigers then finished off its scoring with three runs in the sixth off of a RBI double from Mackenzie Sykes and two-RBI single by Rachel Hay.
With two outs in the bottom seventh, WKU avoided the shutout after Sadler came home from second on a RBI single by Metoyer to left field.
WKU had scoring opportunities, as the team posted six hits in the contest, led by junior Olivia Watkins with two. Runners were left with bases loaded in the second while the Lady Toppers had two in scoring position before the final out in the fourth frame.