BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Winning its second-straight home opener and sixth of the last
seven, WKU opened 2018 play from the WKU Softball Complex with a 10-0 five-inning
win over Green Bay (1-6) in the Hilltopper Classic. The Hilltoppers (8-4) would end
up with split results on the day after taking a 1-0 setback against Toledo (4-3) in
“We set the tone early today and were able to shut the door in another run-rule
victory,” head coach Amy Tudor shared. “Having production from the top to bottom of
our lineup even with kids playing while under the weather shows our grit, which
really makes me proud as a coach.”
In the circle, WKU’s pitching staff allowed just one run and nine total hits on the
day. From the batter’s box, the Hilltoppers connected for 14 collective hits
including four multi-hit games with two from freshman Maddie Bowlds.
GAME 11: WKU 10, GREEN BAY 0 (5)
Back-to-back triples by Paige Carter and Brittany Vaughn to open the second inning
were enough for Friday’s first win but the Hilltopper lineup continued to pile on
the offense to secure the squad’s fifth run-rule victory of the season. Morgan
McElroy would end up bringing Vaughn home for the 2-0 lead in the bottom of the
From there, the Red and White tacked on four more tallies in each the bottom of the
third and fourth innings. Carter sent a two-RBI single to left-center field to
double WKU’s lead before Vaughn knocked an RBI single and ultimately scored on the
same play after a Phoenix throwing error. The Hilltoppers put the finishing touches
on the final 10-0 margin of victory in the bottom of the fourth by plating four runs
on two hits after drawing four walks in the frame.
Batting clean-up, Carter finished the contest matching her season-high with three
RBI while going 2-for-2 with a walk and a run. In the next lineup spot, Vaughn
turned in a 3-for-3 game at the plate, her second-consecutive outing with three
hits. Vaughn added three RBI of her own while scoring twice herself. Bowlds added
WKU’s third multi-hit showing with a 2-for-2 showing.
Haylee Towers picked up her first decision of the season with the win after throwing
four scoreless innings while allowing just three hits. Kelsey Aikey closed things
out in the top of the fifth, facing the minimum.
GAME 12: TOLEDO 1, WKU 0
WKU Softball’s second game of the day ended in a 1-0 narrow victory at the hands of
Toledo. The Rockets scored their lone run in the top of the third inning after a
leadoff double and sacrifice bunt put the decisive run on third to ultimately score
on an infield single.
Bowlds recorded her second multi-hit game of the day with a 2-for-3 effort at the
plate and now has four on her debut season.
Shelby Nunn tossed her fifth complete game of the season while moving to 5-3 with
the loss. The freshman struck out a pair while giving up zero free bases.
“I thought today was a great day for our pitching staff,” Tudor continued. “We
executed our pitches and had a great presence on the mound. Shelby took a tough loss
in the circle but threw well enough to win. I am confident we will make adjustments
at the plate tomorrow and get back on track.”
* Freshman Maddie Bowlds registered two multi-hit performances on the day –
both two-hit showings. She now has four multi-hit games on the season after a
three-hit day at the Chattanooga Challenge and a four-hit tilt opening weekend.
* WKU’s 1-0 loss to Toledo was the first time the Hilltoppers had been shut
out all season.
* The Hilltoppers are now 4-1 in home openers under head coach Amy Tudor and
12-7 overall in openers. WKU’s 10-0 (5) win matches the program’s largest
home-opening margin of victory set in 2004 against Southeast Missouri.
* With its 10-0 win over Green Bay, WKU Softball collected its fifth run-rule
victory of the 2018 season.
* WKU has used 10 different starting lineups across its 12 games so far this
* Combing for seven triples through 12 games in 2018, WKU Softball’s mark
already ranks as the 13th-most on a season by any Hilltopper squad in program
history. The single-season team record is 18, set by the 2013 team.