BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU Softball fell to No. 18 Kentucky in a 7-1 non-conference
decision from the WKU Softball Complex on Wednesday night. A crowd of 1,093 – the
second-largest in program history – was in attendance for the midweek tilt.
With the setback, the Hilltoppers moved to 24-19 overall while the nationally-ranked
Wildcats improved to 27-13 on the season.
Since earning a start in left field in game three at UAB, Haylee Towers has put
together back-to-back multi-hit performances in her two non-pitching starts with a
2-for-3 showing Wednesday evening.
Shelby Nunn (13-11) took the decision after 5.1 innings of work. The freshman
allowed just two earned runs while picking up a strikeout while walking three.
Kelsey Aikey tossed the final 1.2 frames, allowing just two hits while striking out
a Wildcat pinch hitter.
Seven different Hilltopper batters accounted for the squad’s eight hits in the game.
WKU’s run was manufactured by a leadoff double from Jordan Thomas before a Brittany
Vaughn single moved her to third. Paige Carter stepped into the box and reached on
an RBI fielder’s choice to get the Red and White on the board.
Kentucky struck in the first inning and added two more tallies in the second before
WKU held the visitors scoreless for three-straight frames. UK would go on to take on
four more runs in the top of the sixth before a scoreless seventh. The Wildcats’
first two runs were earned before the last five came across unearned.
Thomas and Maddie Bowlds each registered doubles on the day for WKU’s 18th
multi-double game of the season. Thomas now owns 13 two-basers on the year, which
ranks 32nd in the country and brings her within three of tying the WKU single-season
record. Bowlds is up to five doubles on the season.
WKU will now turn its focus to Marshall as the Thundering Herd visits The Hill for a
weekend series. First pitch of Saturday’s doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. CT while
Sunday’s finale will commence at noon.