Kentucky State University softball was swept by Kentucky Wesleyan College on Wednesday afternoon at Foster Field.

The Thorobreds (2-17, 2-4) will host LeMoyne-Owen College in Frankfort, Kentucky on Friday and Saturday. It’ll be the first home series of the season for KSU.

Game 1: KWC 8 KSU 0

KSU was shut out for the fifth time this season as Casey Smith threw a no-hitter against the visiting squad.

KWC put up two runs in the first, followed by two more in the second, and four in the fourth, as all were charged to freshman pitcher Courtney Payne (1-6).

The Thorobrettes’ offense only struck out four times in the contest against Smith and forced the Lady Panthers to make plays on the field. In the top of the fifth with two errors charged against shortstop Jaylin Tidwell, KSU had runners at second and third but failed to put a blemish against the Panthers, for a final of 8-0 after five innings.

Game 2: KWC 11 KSU 3

The hangover of a no-hitter didn’t linger against the Thorobrettes as they jumped on the Lady Panthers in the second inning. Senior outfielder Tyneshia Wilson, junior left fielder Alysha Sakamura, and sophomore shortstop Jittuan Thompson, each singled and drove in a run to put KSU up 3-0.

KWC narrowed the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the second as third baseman Mallory Nease homered to left field. Starting pitcher Maci Brown held the visitors scoreless in the top half of the third as the Lady Panthers’ bats came alive in the bottom half of the inning. KWC added 10 runs, nine earned against freshman pitcher Kaija Aikman, and shut out the opposition in the last two frames for an 11-3 final.

by Eric Mathews

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