Lady Toppers look to right ship after losses to No. 8 Texas

Kyle Williams

WKU (20-13, 9-3 Sun Belt Conference) dropped two games to No. 8 Texas in Austin, Texas over the weekend.

The Longhorns are the sixth ranked team WKU has been matched up with this season. The Lady Toppers’ last win against a top-10 team was in 2011.

The Lady Toppers couldn’t muster a hit in the first contest as Texas pitcher Blaire Luna (19-1) nearly threw a perfect game.

Junior pitcher Emily Rousseau (11-5) pitched the majority of the outing and allowed nine hits and three earned runs without walking a batter. Sophomore pitcher Janna Scheff came in to relieve Rousseau and allowed just one hit in one inning.

Texas recorded a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Longhorns a 4-0 victory.

Despite tallying three hits in the second game, WKU managed to score just one run and lost 3-1.

Senior pitcher Mallorie Sulaski (5-6) started in the circle for the Lady Toppers and gave up three hits in 2.2 innings of play. Rousseau came in to finish the game for WKU and gave up just two hits in 3.1 innings.

Sulaski and senior catcher Kellie Quarles allotted the three hits for WKU and senior catcher Karavin Dew scored the only run for the Lady Toppers.

Two of the three total hits came in the top of the third inning as the Lady Toppers loaded the bases after sophomore infielder Preslie Cruce was hit by a pitch. WKU was unable to capitalize despite only one out.

Texas then took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the inning after loading the bases. The Longhorns scored on two walks and a fielding error by WKU.

Dew scored on an error in the fifth inning to make the final score 3-1.

WKU drops to 4-8 versus ranked opponents this season, with all four wins coming in Sun Belt series victories.

The Lady Toppers play at home this Wednesday as they host a doubleheader with Samford. The first game is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at the WKU Softball Complex.

WKU is 6-4 all-time against Samford (11-22) and 1-1 at home dating back to 2011.

WKU then welcomes Louisiana-Monroe for a weekend series as they try to earn back the top spot in the Sun Belt standings. The Saturday doubleheader starts at 1:00 p.m. and the series concludes on Sunday at noon.

ULM (16-20, 3-8 SBC) currently sits in the eighth spot in the Sun Belt standings. WKU fell to second place in the standings after No. 23 South Alabama won three games against Middle Tennessee this past weekend.