Lady Toppers face No. 8 Texas this weekend

Kyle Williams

The Lady Toppers notched another Sun Belt victory on Wednesday over Middle Tennessee State on the road but will face some of their toughest competition of the year on the road this weekend.

WKU (20-11, 9-3 Sun Belt Conference) currently sits on top of the Sun Belt standings, three wins ahead of No. 2 South Alabama.

Junior pitcher Emily Rousseau picked up her 11th win of the season Wednesday as she struck out 10 batters while allowing just four hits. Rousseau has five double-digit strikeout games in the circle this season.

The Lady Raiders took the lead early in the third inning off a solo home run.

WKU went on to score two runs in each of the following three innings to win the game 6-1.

Senior utility player Ciara Garcia recorded an RBI double in the top of the fourth while senior outfielder Katrina Metoyer blasted a two-run home run in the top of the fifth to give WKU a 4-1 lead.

Sophomore infielder Preslie Cruce and sophomore utility player Jacqueline McGill brought in the final two runs for the Lady Toppers in the top of the sixth inning.

Cruce led the way for the Lady Toppers going three for four at the plate. Three Lady Toppers totaled two hits apiece.

The Lady Toppers travel to Austin, Tex., this weekend to take on No. 8 Texas. The first game is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and the second at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

WKU is sitting in the No. 1 spot in the Sun Belt standings and Cruce and Rousseau have been honored both pitcher and player of the week for the conference.

The Longhorns score efficiently while not allowing many runs, ranking No. 10 in ERA in the NCAA with an average of 1.58 earned runs.