WKU gets win behind Rousseau one-hitter

Second baseman Olivia Watkins ended the fourth inning when she covered second base for shortstop Amanda Thomas in WKU’s win over Troy on Saturday.

Hasani Grayson

They didn’t score as may runs as they did in their win on Friday, but on Saturday at the WKU Softball Complex the Lady Toppers found a way to take the series finale from Troy.

WKU did so with a 2-0 win.

Head Coach Tyra Perry said that she was expecting the low scoring game and that Friday’s 9-1 and 8-0 blowouts were out of the ordinary.

“It was their number one versus our number one. And both teams were grappling for each pitch,” she said. “So the game today made more sense and it made it even more special that we came out on top.”

The power surge continued for junior outfielder Kelsie Mattox. Mattox had a home run in both of the first two games and hit another two run shot in third inning of the series finale.

Mattox said that she knew what to expect since she had seen the pitcher the night before.

“We got to see her the first game and we kind of knew her patterns and what she was going to throw,” she said. “It was more predictable so we had a little more of a game plan.”

Sophomore pitcher Emily Rousseau would make the 2-0 lead stand up as she went the first six innings without even surrendering a hit. Her no hit bid was broken up by a lead off single from Troy’s Nikki Hollett in the top of the seventh.

As Rousseau continued to retire batters, Mattox said that they tried not to acknowledge what was going on to avoid jinxing it.

“We don’t talk about it but we don’t get superstitious,” she said. “We just tried to back her up and make plays.”

Rousseau, who was one hit away from a five inning no hitter against Troy in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader, was disappointed she gave up the single but was overall pleased with how she pitched.

“I was really confident in everything I was throwing,” she said. “I felt like we did really well with pitch selection and moving it around a lot.”

Rousseau gave up the one hit and had six strikeouts and hit one batter in her shutout performance.

WKU will head back out on the road to take on Belmont on Wednesday. Rousseau said that the Lady Toppers are feeling good going into the midweek match up.

“We’re playing our game now,” she said. “If we’re doing that there is no one that can get in our way.”