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WKU softball defeats Louisiana Tech in its first game of C-USA tournament

Eli Randolph
Batter Kelsey Schmidt (28) leads off second base during Western Kentucky University’s game against Southern Illinois University on Sunday, March 3, 2024.

WKU Softball defeated Louisiana Tech 10-6 in its first game of the Conference-USA Tournament on May 9 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

LA Tech was first to score in the top of the third, but WKU quickly tied the game in the bottom of the inning.

Fifth year outfielder Brylee Hage singled to drive fifth year infielder Taylor Sanders in.

Afterwards, fifth year infielder Sophie Weber homered which also drove Hage and freshman utility and pitcher Annie White home to make the score 5-2 in favor of WKU.

In the bottom of the fifth, Weber homered again to drive Hage in for another run.

To continue the scoring in the inning, fifth year infielder TJ Webster singled and freshman infielder Becca Campbell scored on a throwing error.

Later, redshirt junior utility and catcher Cheyanne Sales homered which also drove Webster and senior utility Kelsey Schmidt home to put WKU up 10-5.

LA Tech posted a run in the sixth, but ultimately could not catch up to the Hilltoppers.

Fifth year pitcher Katie Gardner threw four innings for WKU with three hits and five runs.

Freshman pitcher Rylan Smith pitched three innings with two hits, one run.

WKU is set to face host, New Mexico State in the next round of the tournament Friday, May 10, following the Aggies 11-3 win over one seeded Liberty. 

Sports reporter Molly St. Clair can be reached at [email protected].

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