WKU Softball loses to Lipscomb

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Allie Schallert

The WKU softball team gathers together before the start of the game against the University of Akron at the WKU Softball Complex on March 5, 2023. WKU won 5-0.

Camden Bush

WKU Softball dropped a tight 5-4 contest to the Lipscomb Bison Wednesday, April 12 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The loss brings WKU’s season record to 22-15 and marks the team’s fifth loss in their last six games.

Senior pitcher Katie Gardner picked up her 10th loss of the season despite a solid performance. Gardner pitched 6.2 innings and allowed three earned runs, while striking out six.

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Fifth year Faith Hegh led the Hilltoppers offensively again with two hits. Hegh’s two hits brought her season batting average up to .405.

The Hilltoppers got off to a quick start in Nashville, scoring two runs in the top of the first on an RBI single and a steal of home. The runs gave WKU an early 2-0 lead.

Lipscomb quickly responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the second with an RBI double to make it 2-1.

Both offenses proceeded to fall silent until a very eventful sixth inning. 

WKU began the sixth inning with runs on an RBI single and a sacrifice fly to make it 4-1. The Bison quickly responded however in the bottom of the inning with two of their own on an error and a bases loaded walk, making the game 4-3.

Lipscomb tied the game in the seventh on another bases loaded walk, then proceeded to walk it off with an RBI single, giving the Bison a 5-4 victory.

The Hilltoppers will attempt to bounce back from the loss this weekend when they face MTSU in Murfreesboro, Tennessee April 14-16. 

 

Sports reporter Camden Bush can be reached at [email protected].