Charlotte up next for Lady Toppers on the road

Freshman outfielder Kelsey McGuffin (15) smiles as she rounds third base following a bases empty walk off home run in extra innings against MTSU April 9 2016 at the WKU Softball Complex in Bowling Green. Mcguffin hit her fourth home run of the season and second of the day against MTSU in the bottom of the ninth inning winning 4-3. Joseph Barkoff/HERALD

Hunter Frint

The Lady Topper softball team will take a road trip to Charlotte, North Carolina, this weekend to face the Charlotte 49ers in a three-game series.

WKU’s last three-game series against MTSU proved successful. The Lady Toppers split the first two games of the series then came back swinging in the final match Sunday.

The away series at Charlotte might pose a challenge as the past four games have offered the home advantage.

After splitting a doubleheader against Furman and sweeping a three-game series against Marshall, the 49ers are on a four-game win streak.

WKU has been on a streak of close-scoring games as it lost the first game last weekend by one point at 4-3 and won the last two by one point at 4-3 and 5-4. Both of the first games went into extra innings.

“We’re right there in it, and we’re trying to get over the hump, and finally we were able to do that in two games this weekend,” Head Coach Amy Tudor said.

Sunday’s victory, which clenched the three-game series, was Tudor’s 300th career win and moved WKU to fourth place in the standings. The game sophomore Hannah Parker pitched tallied her 130th inning.

Tudor said the team played consistently in all three parts of the game last weekend: pitching, hitting and outfield. The Lady Toppers will need to bring that to the match this upcoming weekend.

Looking to continue their stellar seasons against Charlotte are freshman utility player Bryce Holmgren and senior infielder Brooke Holloway.

Both players currently field a batting average of at least .360. Holloway leads the team in hits with 36 while Holmgren, second on the team in hits, follows closely behind her teammate with 33.

Parker will look to slow down the 49ers at the plate. The Altoona, Iowa, native currently leads the team in strikeouts with 105 and is tied for first on the team in lowest ERA with 3.61.

Before this weekend’s match, WKU took on Tennessee Tech at the WKU Softball Complex — a midweek warmup for the upcoming three-game series.

Tennessee Tech entered the game at 14-24 after two away conference doubleheaders against Southeast Missouri State and the University of Tennessee, Martin this past weekend.

The game had not concluded as of press time.

The first two games of the conference series will be played at Charlotte on Saturday at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. The third will begin on Sunday at noon.