WKU Softball dropped its midweek tilt at Murray State 10-6 on Wednesday. Three Hilltoppers produced multi-hit games including Maddie Bowlds, Paige Carter and Brittany Vaughn. The Hilltoppers moved to 21-13 with the non-conference loss.
Looking to end its eight-game losing skid, Murray State struck early with a three-run first inning Wednesday afternoon. The Hilltoppers would battle back their next trip as Carter drew a lead-off walk and proceeded to score on Vaughn’s home run over the wall in left-center field.
WKU headed to the bottom of the second inning trailing by one at 3-2 before Murray State drew a leadoff walk. With no outs in the frame, Kelsey Aikey relieved Shelby Nunn in the circle and proceeded to hold the Racer runner at first with the help of the Hilltopper defense.
In the top of the fourth, the Red and White added four more runs. Carter opened things with a double and Vaughn stepped into the box and traded spots with her to even the game at 3-3. During Rebekah Engelhardt’s at bat, the MSU catcher attempted a pick off to third base but the ball ended up the left field allowing two Hilltopper runners to score for a 5-3 lead. WKU’s fourth run of the frame came off the bat of Jordan Thomas in the form of an RBI single to score Kendall Smith from third.
Murray State used a big fifth frame to regain its lead, plating six runs in total for a 9-6 advantage. The Racers added their 10th run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth.
Aikey took the loss on the day after 3.1 innings of work. The sophomore moved to 7-4 after allowing four runs on two hits in addition to four strikeouts. Nunn and Haylee Towers combined for 2.2 innings of work.
Next up, WKU will return home after four games on the road to host UTEP for a three-game series. Saturday’s doubleheader will commence at 1 p.m. CT while Sunday’s finale is slated for noon.
· Brittany Vaughn knocked a two-run home run in the top of the second for her fifth dinger of the season. Vaughn now owns 18 on her career including 14 during her two seasons on The Hill. As a team, WKU has now registered 26 long balls on the year.
· Vaughn extended her reached base streak to a season-high nine games. Her streak is the longest active streak on the team followed by an eight-game stretch by Jordan Thomas.
· WKU moves to 8-3 all-time against Murray State with the loss and is now 2-3 when playing in Murray, Ky.
· Maddie Bowlds, Paige Carter and Brittany Vaughn each registered multi-hit performances. Bowlds now owns seven such showings on the year while Carter registered her 10th of the season and 14th of her career. Vaughn’s two knock day was her fifth of the year and 34th of her career.
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