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Proctor’s home run is WKU’s only score in loss to FAU

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Taylor Proctor’s third home run of the season ended up being WKU Softball’s lone tally on the day as the Hilltoppers fell in the series finale to Florida Atlantic, 4-1, from the WKU Softball Complex. Despite allowing just one earned run on the day, the Red and White could not pull off another come-from-behind victory.

“Coming in, we knew that this would be a tough series with FAU, and a tough week in general in terms of opponents and scheduling,” head coach Amy Tudor stated. “Even though we haven’t hit particularly well, we still found a way onto the base paths; now it’s just a matter of finding a way to bring those runners home.”

While not getting shut out in any game in the series against the Conference USA preseason-favorite FAU, the WKU squad was unable to pull an upset and moved to 18-13 on the season and 3-3 in league play with the set-backs.

To open the final game of the series, FAU recorded a single but a Kathryn Downing strikeout and a Taylor Proctor to Brittany Vaughn caught-stealing double play got the Hilltoppers out of the inning unscathed. In the bottom of the inning, WKU went on to match the Owls’ hit as Jordan Mauch shot a single deep to left-center field before ending up stranded.

After a scoreless second inning by both sides, FAU picked up its lone earned run of the day in the top of the third frame. WKU was able to get out of the frame allowing just one run before the Owls left the bases loaded for the fourth time in the series.

Florida Atlantic extended its lead to four in the fifth inning on a trio of unearned runs after the Hilltoppers committed a couple of errors in the frame. WKU tried to respond in the bottom of the inning after Rebekah Engelhardt worked to an eight-pitch walk and moved to second on a Morgan McElroy single to left field. However, both runners would end up stranded out of the base paths.

WKU got on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning when Taylor Proctor sent her third home run of the season out of the WKU Softball Complex over the left-field wall. The knock is also the third of Proctor’s career.

Downing took the loss on the day after pitching 4.1 innings and allowing one earned run while registering four strikeouts. Kelsey Aikey came in for a relief appearance and threw the final 2.2 frames and tallied a pair of strikeouts herself while holding the Owls scoreless.

“I thought Aikey did a solid job for us today and this week as a whole,” Tudor said. “Kelsey threw the most out of any of our pitchers this past week and, with the help of the defense, found a way out of innings.”

The Hilltoppers hit the road again in the upcoming week, heading Lipscomb for a doubleheader on Wednesday before traveling to Huntington, West Virginia, to pay a visit to Marshall for a three-game series.

How to Follow the Hilltoppers: For complete information on WKU Softball, follow the team on Twitter at @WKUSoftball, Instagram @WKU_Softball and Facebook @WKUSoftball.

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