EVANSVILLE, Ind.— The Western Kentucky University softball team (36-14, 18-3 SBC) took a 6-2 win in its final non-conference matchup of the season, defeating Evansville (20-29) Wednesday at James and Dorothy Cooper Stadium.
Sophomore Janna Scheff (5-2) earned the win after going all seven innings, giving up five hits and one earned run. Scheff struck out two while she had three walks against her. UE’s Sarah Baldwin (3-8) took the loss after allowing seven hits, five runs, one walk and striking out one in five innings of work.
WKU tallied 10 hits in the contest, led by senior Katrina Metoyer’s 2-for-3 performance at the plate. Metoyer along with senior Ciara Garcia had two runs each.
The Lady Toppers capitalized on two Purple Aces errors in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. A single and stolen base by junior Olivia Watkins set up the first run after Garcia reached on a throwing error from third. With Garcia at second after gaining an extra base on the miscue, a groundout moved her to third before another error allowed Garcia to score in the same play.
The lead increased the following inning to 3-0 after senior Karavin Dew hit a RBI single to center to score fellow classmate Metoyer. One more run came across the board in the third after the Aces’ fourth error of the contest made it 4-0.
UE added its first run of the game in the bottom third after a one-out, RBI double from Tamara Robey. With runners at second and third, Scheff was able to end the scoring threat with a flyout to right and a strikeout looking.
WKU put its advantage at 6-1 after posting a run in the fourth and sixth innings behind a sophomore Preslie Cruce RBI double and sophomore Jacqueline McGill’s RBI single, respectively. UE tabbed one more run in the ballgame after a WKU error allowed the score, but the Aces would not be able to rally, as WKU secured the win.
WKU concludes the regular season on Saturday, May 4 against Middle Tennessee at the WKU Softball Complex. The Lady Toppers will honor the team’s six seniors in between the doubleheader, which begins at 1 p.m.