Lady Toppers to honor seniors in doubleheader vs. MTSU

Kyle Williams

One of the most successful WKU softball seasons in school history will close its home schedule in a doubleheader against Middle Tennessee this weekend.

The six Lady Topper seniors will be honored in between the doubleheader, beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the WKU softball complex.

WKU (36-14, 18-3 Sun Belt Conference) earned its 17th win in the past 20 games with 6-2 victory at Evansville (20-29) Wednesday.

Sophomore pitcher Janna Scheff earned her fifth win of the season, allowing just five hits and one earned run in all seven innings.

Evansville was the final non-conference regular season game for the Lady Toppers as they face MTSU this Saturday for the final two games of the season.

The seniors who will be honored in between games include pitcher Mallorie Sulaski, outfielder Katrina Metoyer, catcher Karavin Dew, infielder Ciara Garcia, outfielder Shelby Taylor and catcher Kellie Quarles.

The Lady Toppers beat MTSU 6-1 in April in Murfreesboro, Tenn., in the only meeting of the season between the Sun Belt rivals.

Junior pitcher Emily Rousseau, who has notched 21 wins so far this season, said the Lady Toppers need to keep it simple if they want to finish the season strong.

“Just be mentally tough,” Rousseau said. “…We’re all just focused on doing the little things every day and not slacking on anything.”

If the Lady Toppers can sweep MTSU over the weekend they will break the WKU all-time wins record of 37, set in 2002.

WKU volleyball coach Travis Hudson will purchase all remaining tickets to Saturday’s doubleheader and hand them out for free in an attempt to fill up the stands for a possible record-breaking afternoon.

Junior infielder Amanda Thomas said all of the team’s goals are attainable if the team does its job.

“If we come together as a team with our individual goals set, then we will ultimately get the team goal,” Thomas said.

This weekend marks the final two games of the regular season of the Lady Toppers. Sun Belt Conference Tournament play is scheduled for May 8-11 in Troy, Ala.