The Western Kentucky softball team lost 4-3 in 11 innings Saturday at Alabama Birmingham.
The Hilltoppers dropped to 24-18 and 7-8 in Conference USA. UAB improved to 18-26-1 and 10-4-1.
For the first time in the series, a run scored in the first inning as the Hilltoppers struck with two outs Saturday morning. Jordan Vorbrink got WKU started with a two-out single to left field before Kelsey McGuffin reached second base on a fielding error that scored Vorbrink from first.
Paige Carter opened the fourth inning with a single to shallow centerfield before Brittany Vaughn advanced her into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Getting her first non-pitching start of the year, Haylee Towers stepped into the box and sent a two-out double to the right-center gap on the first pitch she saw to score Carter and double the WKU lead.
WKU took a 3-0 advantage in the top of the sixth when Carter led off with a single before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Vaughn and scoring on a fielder’s choice by Towers.
In the bottom of the sixth, UAB scored a trio of unearned runs on three hits, an error and an obstruction call before the Hilltoppers could get out of the inning with the bases still loaded.
The series finale would ultimately go 11 innings before UAB used a bases loaded sacrifice fly to secure the 4-3 win.
Western Kentucky returns home for a four-game homestand as No. 19 Kentucky visits WKU on Wednesday.