WKU softball to take on MTSU in three-game series

Maple Grove, Minnesota sophomore Jordan Mauch pats Lake Charles, Louisiana sophomore Carleigh Chaumont after Chaumont hit a homer, bringing the Lady Toppers’ lead to 4-2 in the first game of their doubleheader against Florida International University on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Justin Gilliland/HERALD

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The Lady Toppers will have the home advantage against Middle Tennessee State University this weekend after five away games.

Prior to its upcoming series, the team traveled to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to play against Southern Mississippi in a three-game series, which it dropped to the home team.

The Lady Toppers took two losses, 3-2 in the first game and 5-4 in the last game. The team had one win on the weekend with a final score of 4-0. 

“I think that we got better,” Head Coach Amy Tudor said. “The pitching definitely improved, and we had a lot of hits, but it didn’t all fall together.”

The three-game series this weekend will add to MTSU’s away-game trend. The Blue Raiders will travel to Bowling Green after road trips to Orangeburg, South Carolina, on Tuesday and to Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Wednesday.

“I think it’ll be a fun game to watch,” Tudor said. “I feel like their offense is their biggest asset and, you know, we just need to match that. And we need to be steady in the circle.”

MTSU players to watch include senior pitcher Kelci Cheney, senior outfielder Carlie Jenkins and junior pitcher Megan Chocallo. Cheney recently pitched a shut-out against rival Tennessee State University on March 30.

On March 28, Jenkins was awarded Conference USA Co-Player of the Week, and Chocallo was named Co-Pitcher of the Week.

WKU has a few players to combat those threats this weekend. One player is sophomore pitcher Hannah Parker who recently pitched a one-hitter against Southern Mississippi.

The first two games of the three-game series this weekend will take place at the WKU Softball Complex on Saturday, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The third game will be on Sunday at 12 p.m.