Lady Toppers travel to FIU this weekend

Kyle Williams

The WKU softball team’s two-and-a-half week win streak came to a close in Colombia, Mo., Wednesday.

WKU (32-14, 15-3 Sun Belt Conference) spilt its midweek doubleheader with No. 11 Missouri — the loss in the second game ended the Lady Toppers’ win streak at 12 games. WKU hadn’t lost since April 7 against No. 8 Texas.

The Lady Toppers extended their win streak to 12 games with the 1-0 victory in game one before falling in the second matchup 7-1.

Junior pitcher Emily Rousseau (19-5) allowed just four hits while striking out three in a 1-0 win in the first game.

Rousseau, who was recently named Sun Belt pitcher of the week for the fourth time this season, said defense was the deciding factor.

“Our defense was just awesome yesterday and made some really great plays,” Rousseau said. “I think it was just a really great team effort to keep them from scoring.”

Junior outfielder Kelsie Mattox scored the only run for the Lady Toppers in the first inning off an error.

No. 11 Missouri left a total of nine of nine runners on base despite loading the bases twice in the game.

The win marked the first victory against a ranked non-conference opponent this season.

Rousseau said the non-conference win will be crucial moving forward.

“I think it gives us a lot of confidence,” Rousseau said. “Just because we know we can face that competition and come out on top.”

Senior pitcher Mallorie Sulaski and sophomore pitcher Janna Scheff gave up a combined six hits in six innings of work in game two of the doubleheader, a 7-1 loss to the Lady Tigers.

No. 11 Missouri grabbed an early lead in the first two innings before extending it in the fifth and sixth innings.

The Tigers scored seven runs on just six hits in the game.

Sophomore infielder Shawna Sadler scored the only run of the game for WKU off a RBI single from senior outfielder Katrina Metoyer.

The loss to Missouri is just the fourth loss for the Lady Toppers in the past 20 games.

Rousseau said getting timely hits with runners on base could have made the difference for the Lady Toppers.

“We could have adjusted a little quicker on the pitcher,” Rousseau said. “We got a lot of base runners, but it’s just about getting them in.”

WKU will head to Miami, Florida this weekend for its final Sun Belt season series with Florida International.

FIU (27-21, 10-8 SBC) sits at fourth place in the Sun Belt standings heading into the weekend.

Rousseau said maintaining solid defensive play and capitalizing on base runners are keys to picking up another Sun Belt series victory.

“Having a solid defense behind the pitching,” Rousseau said. “And coming through with the timely base hits…but definitely having a solid defense.”