Lady Tops split double-header at Lipscomb

Caught in a pickle, senior infielder Olivia Watkins changes directions to avoid being tagged by Louisiana-Lafayette sophomore third basemen Samantha Walsh on Saturday. The Cajuns bested WKU 8-4, and proceeded to sweep the weekend’s matches against the Lady Toppers, who had until then been undefeated in conference play. (Ian Maule/HERALD)

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The Lady Toppers finished a double-header against Lipscomb on Tuesday, winning the first game 9-2, but falling behind in the second 3-1. 

They will travel to Denton, Texas to play a three-game series this weekend. 

Head Coach Amy Tudor said going into the series that the goal is to always be competitive. 

“You know, we want to be competitive,” Tudor said. “That’s our goal every time we’re playing a team. We want to go out and make sure we win.”


Game One (WKU 9, Lipscomb 2)


Kramer pitched her 12th double-digit strikeout performance of the season with 16 strikeouts, allowing just three hits, four walks, and one earned run. 

Preslie Cruce contributed two runs and two hits during the game, with Brooke Holloway and Kayti Hanson adding two runs each.

By the top of the sixth, the Lady Toppers held a 6-1 lead after scoring five runs in the fifth inning. 

In the bottom of the fifth, Lipscomb managed two stolen bases in a row. Then an error by WKU brought in their second and final run.

Lady Toppers scored in the last two innings through a Holloway high-flyer in the sixth and a Hanson run in the seventh.


Game Two (WKU 1, Lipscomb 3)


Senior Janna Scheff gave up three runs on five hits in her start at the mound, with freshman Hannah Parker allowing two hits and notching four strikeouts in 2.1 relief innings. 

The Lady Bisons had one solo home run and two back-to-back RBI doubles after four innings to put the score at 3-0.

WKU was able to pull one back with a Holloway run in the sixth— the only run from the Lady Toppers all day. 

Larissa Franklin added to her hit streak, which now stands at 13 games when she grabbed a hit in the seventh. It is tied for third as the longest hit streak in WKU history. Lipscomb’s Kelly Young accumulated seven strikeouts in the second game and allowed just six hits.

WKU will play a double-header against North Texas on Saturday, and one game Sunday.

“It will be a three game series,” Tudor said. “We just want to take it one game at a time. We want to do our best for all three games.”