WKU softball falls at Georgia State 3-2

Austin Lanter

The WKU Lady Topper Softball team came up short in the first game of its last Sun Belt Conference series falling to Georgia State 3-2.

The Lady Toppers have now lost seven straight games and are 31-21-1 overall this season and 10-9 in conference play.

Senior pitcher Emily Rousseau pitched all six innings for WKU and allowed 10 hits and two earned runs while striking out seven batters.

At the plate, the Lady Toppers tallied seven hits with junior infielder Preslie Cruce and senior infielder Olivia Watkins leading the way with two hits a piece.

The first of Cruce’s hits came at the very beginning of the game as she led off the contest with a solo home run over the wall in right center field.

The lead lasted until the fourth inning when the Panthers got two runners in scoring position due to an error. The team would bring both runs in off of RBI singles.

Georgia State (29-24, 11-8 SBC) added an insurance run in the sixth inning courtesy of a solo home run.

Junior catcher Jacqueline McGill answered with a solo home run of her own in the seventh with one out to make it a 3-2 game. From there the Lady Toppers got two runners on base but a pop out ended the game.

The series will conclude with a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon.