ATLANTA – A three home run day by WKU Softball propelled the Hilltoppers into the
final day of action from the NISC Region 5 competition as the Red and White
eliminated Alabama State 12-3 in six innings from the Bob Heck Field. The
Hilltoppers saw Jordan Mauch, Rebekah Engelhardt and Adarian Gray all record home
WKU climbed to 31-30 on the year with its second victory over Alabama State in as
many days to keep the 2017 season alive.
“I think we did a good job of using our speed and power today to produce a ton of
offense,” head coach Amy Tudor stated. “The biggest difference from today’s game and
our loss yesterday was our pitch selection and our ability to get our bunts down.”
Four Hilltoppers finished with multi-hit games including Haylee Towers and Mauch
while Brittany Vaughn and Engelhardt each contributed three-hit games.
Wasting no time getting on the board, Towers beat a two-out bunt single as Paige
Carter followed with a base hit to right field to move Towers to third. Vaughn went
on to knock an RBI single through the left side to bring Towers home for a 1-0 WKU
Rebekah Engelhardt doubled the lead with one swing of the bat, knocking her fifth
home run of the season. Alabama State pulled back within one with a solo home run in
the bottom of the second inning.
WKU responded with a big four-run inning in the third to extend its lead to 6-1
including a two-run home run off the bat of Adarian Gray (11). Morgan McElroy and
Engelhardt also registered a pair of RBI hits in the frame.
Not done, the Hilltoppers extended the game into run-rule territory in the top of
the sixth, plating six more runs. The Red and White batted around the order as
Engelhardt made two plate appearances in the frame. Jordan Mauch recorded her second
hit of the day on a three-run shot (13) for a 12-1 WKU lead.
Alabama State plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to make the score
12-3, but WKU registered the final out to close the book on the six-inning game.
Towers pitched 5.0 innings in the circle to pick up her eight win of the season
(8-12) before moving to left field for the final three outs as Kelsey Aikey closed
things up. Towers finished the day allowing six hits and one earned run while
striking out a pair.
WKU advances to play NISC Region 5 host Georgia State at 9 a.m. CT on Thursday.
Georgia State fell to Kennesaw State 5-3 prior to the Hilltopper win to drop into
the loser’s bracket.
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