Lady Toppers ride bats in weekend sweep

Kyle Williams

WKU (25-13, 12-3 Sun Belt conference) recorded nine home runs en route to its series sweep of Louisiana Monroe this past weekend at the WKU Softball Complex.

The 35 runs scored by the Lady Toppers are the most ever by WKU in a Sun Belt series. They outscored ULM 35-6 over the weekend.

The Lady Toppers used 14 hits and 15 RBI to take the first game of the Saturday doubleheader 16-0.

The shutout marked the largest margin of victory for WKU since 2000.

Junior pitcher Emily Rousseau pitched three innings while sophomore pitcher Janna Scheff recorded two. They allowed a total of six hits.

Junior outfielder Kelsie Mattox notched a three-run home run in the bottom of the first to give WKU the early lead.   

The Lady Toppers went on to score six runs in both the second and third innings to solidify the 16-0 victory.

Coach Tyra Perry said the Lady Toppers aren’t focusing on the final score as much as they focus on improvement.

“We really are careful about being outcome oriented,” Perry said. “We want to make sure that we do continue to work on our process, but wins are good.”

WKU tallied another 14 hits in game two and cruised to an 11-3 victory.

Senior pitcher Mallorie Sulaski started in the circle for WKU and allowed just five hits.

Sophomore infielder Preslie Cruce began the game with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning.

With the score 6-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Lady Toppers took ULM out of the park three straight times, a first since 2008.

Thomas blasted the first three-run shot while Mattox and Sulaski followed her lead with solo homers.

Mattox said staying energized is key for the Lady Toppers on offense.

“Energy is the number one thing that we talk about every game,” Mattox said. “When we bring energy, we feed off each other…everyone is confident and positive.”

The onslaught continued Sunday as WKU rolled to an 8-3 victory.

With WKU trailing in the bottom of the first, Cruce blasted a home run in the first at- bat and Mattox followed with a two-run shot to regain the lead 4-2.

The Lady Toppers added two more in the bottom of the fifth before Cruce recorded her second homer of the game and ninth of the season to give WKU the 8-3 victory.

Cruce said watching her teammates do well spurs her to do the same.

“I just love to see every body else doing good,” Cruce said. “It even makes you as a player even more relaxed because you’ve got your team backing you up.”

The Lady Toppers face Belmont Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. for a single game at the WKU Softball Complex.