BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Despite falling in game three of its weekend series with
Charlotte, WKU Softball won its third Conference USA series of 2017 after taking
both games of Friday’s doubleheader. Saturday’s 2-0 loss to the 49ers ended WKU’s
streak of four-straight games won. However, Junior Jordan Mauch was able to extend
her reached base streak to eight-consecutive games with a walk and single on the
“Winning this series was key for us,” WKU head coach Amy Tudor shared. “We put
ourselves in a good spot today after taking both games on Friday and we kept
ourselves in this contest.”
After the weekend series, the Hilltoppers now lead Charlotte 6-4 in all-time program
meetings. WKU sits at 24-22 with an 8-10 record in C-USA action while Charlotte
improved to 24-19 by taking the finale and now owns a 6-9 mark in league play.
Game three between WKU and Charlotte started with the pitchers each retiring the
first two frames worth of batters in order with Downing one-upping the 49ers’ Haley
Wiseman getting the first batter in the third inning as well.
Charlotte threatened in the top of the third inning, loading the bases with just one
down. The 49er batter lifted a ball to centerfield where Kelsey McGuffin made the
catch and sent a bullet to a waiting Taylor Proctor at the plate to tag the
Charlotte runner out for a double play to end the frame.
Still scoreless, Charlotte broke through in the top of the fourth inning to take a
2-0 lead after a bit of small ball and a second Hilltopper error.
After the Hilltoppers stranded a runner in both the bottom of the fourth and sixth
innings, the Red and White were able to send Charlotte back to the dugout in the top
of the seventh inning in order to keep the deficit at two.
The Hilltoppers had the chance for a walk off in the bottom of the seventh after
Jordan Mauch led off the inning with a single before being replaced by Taylor
Childress on the bases. Two batters later, Kara Brewer connected for a pinch-hit
single back up the middle to move Childress into scoring position. With two outs to
work with, the next two WKU batters couldn’t connect and returned to the dugout
coming up empty.
“In the bottom of the seventh, Jordan was able to break up Wiseman’s no-hitter to
open the door for Brewer to come up with a clutch pinch-hit single.”
Kathryn Downing threw her second complete game of the weekend, working 7.0 innings
with three strikeouts on the day. The senior ace is now 13-9 on the year after
tossing an even 100 pitches and giving up zero earned runs.
“Kat put us in a spot to win,” Tudor stated. “I was really proud of her performance
on the mound, especially in game two.”
With the weekend series with Charlotte wrapped up, the Hilltoppers will be back in
action on Wednesday, April 19, as the Red and White head to Louisville for a
mid-week non-conference tilt with the Cardinals.
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