Doubleheader cut short due to bad weather

Infielder Brooke Holloway attempts to hit the softball during the Lady Toppers’ 5-4 win over Middle Tennessee on Sunday April 10, 2016 at WKU Softball Complex in Bowling Green, Ky. Holloway was at bat 4 times and had 2 hits and no runs. Shaban Athuman/HERALD

Hunter Frint

WKU softball traveled to Murray Tuesday to play in a nonconference doubleheader that was cut in half because of lightning storms in the surrounding area.

The first game began in the afternoon at Racer Field, and it was a short game for the Lady Toppers after Murray State swept the game 6-0.

WKU was held hitless for the first five innings. The second game had a beginning but was cut very short after just one inning.

Maggie Glass and Madison Culver from Murray State (19-28) contributed to their team’s victory with a three-run shot and a two-RBI double respectively. The Racers notched all six runs in the second and sixth innings.

Murray State’s pitcher Mason Robinson held WKU (16-25, 7-8 Conference USA) to two hits the entire match, almost keeping it hitless until the end.

The only hitting action for the Lady Toppers was thanks to freshman utility player Bryce Holmgren’s single in the top of the sixth and sophomore pitcher Hannah Parker’s hit in the seventh.

Redshirt sophomore pitcher Kelsey Jernigan (0-7) started in the circle for WKU. Her time on the field was mixed. Jernigan was credited with the loss due to five earned runs she gave up. At the same time, however, she also broke a personal record.

Jernigan notched a career best of six strikeouts in what was also the first complete game of her career.

The Lady Toppers will return to Conference USA play this weekend when they take a road trip to Boca Raton, Florida.

The upcoming three-game series against Florida Atlantic University is a crucial conference match.

The FAU Owls won all five matches they were in last week and are ranked in the USA Softball Poll at No. 24.

The first two games of the upcoming series will begin on Saturday at 3 p.m. and then 5 p.m. with the final possible series decider on Sunday at noon.

Following this series, there will be only three more games until the Lady Toppers travel to Denton, Texas, for the C-USA Championships.