Lady Tops fall 10-0 in series finale at No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette

Zach Greenwell

UPDATE, May 2, 2011, at 5 p.m. — This story was updated to correct the location of WKU’s final two games against MTSU this week. Saturday’s doubleheader will be played in Bowling Green, not Murfreesboro, Tenn.

After giving No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette a scare on Saturday, the Lady Toppers weren’t able to provide the same drama on Sunday.

WKU (26-25, 7-14 Sun Belt Conference) fell 10-0 in five innings in the series finale at Lafayette, giving the Ragin’ Cajuns the weekend sweep.

“We’ve been talking all year about consistency,” Head Coach Tyra Perry said. “We know we can play with anybody, but we talk all the time about just being consistent at this point.”

Sophomore pitcher Mallorie Sulaski, who pitched all seven innings in WKU’s 3-2 loss Saturday, took the loss again Sunday, giving up five runs on seven hits in just 1 and 1/3 innings.

Freshman Brittanie Albright pitched the final 2 and 2/3 innings, allowing five runs — four earned.

The Lady Toppers were held to just one hit on the day, a single by sophomore outfielder Katrina Metoyer.

WKU will play its final Sun Belt series of the season against Middle Tennessee this week.

The first game of the three-game series will be played at MTSU at 6 p.m. Wednesday, a makeup from earlier in the year.

The Lady Toppers will then head for a non-conference doubleheader at Murray State on Thursday before returning home for two more games against MTSU on Saturday.

Both MTSU and WKU are currently 7-14 in the Sun Belt standings, tied for seventh place. If a tiebreaker were put in place today, the Lady Toppers would be the No. 8 team.

Only the ninth team in the conference standings, which is currently North Texas, is excluded from the Sun Belt tournament.

Perry said Sunday that it’s her understanding that the Lady Toppers need just one win to secure a postseason berth.

But sophomore catcher Karavin Dew said she knows MTSU will be just as desperate, so WKU will have to come ready to play.

“I’ve got high hopes. I’m expecting a sweep this weekend,” Dew said. “We know they’re going to be fighting, and we’ll be fighting, so it’ll be an interesting series. It’s just going to be whoever can leave everything out on the field.”