Softball Falls to Hilltoppers in Doubleheader Action
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Southern Miss softball team dropped two in the conference opening series. The Golden Eagles fell to WKU 11-3 in game one and 4-1 in game two, moving them to 9-14 on the season.
The Black and Gold combined for eight hits on the day including junior Samantha Papp’s second homerun of the season in game two.
Samantha Robles got the start in game one and pitched four 1/3 innings before Jade Lewis came in relief to finish the fifth inning. In game two, senior Kim Crowson got the nod and the complete game giving up only three earned runs and three strikeouts.
Western Kentucky 11, Southern Miss 4 (5)
Southern Miss scratched the scoreboard first. In the top of the first, Chase Nelson was credited with a sac fly after she flew out to right field scoring Karley Nichols for the first run of the game, but after an defensive timeout a pop up ended the inning.
The Hilltoppers held a 3-1 lead heading into the fifth. WKU put up five runs in the half inning behind a two-run homer by McGuffin that extended their lead, 11-1.
The Golden Eagles scored two runs in the bottom off a 2 RBI sac fly by Sarah Van Schaik but it wasn’t enough as a fly out to centerfield ended the scoring threat and the game, marking the first time Southern Miss has fallen in less than seven innings.
Western Kentucky 4, Southern Miss 1
In game two, the Hilltoppers struck first in the top of the second inning with a run off of an RBI groundout to first base. The squad scored another two runs in the top of the fourth and a single run in the sixth after a design rundown lasted long enough for Thomas to cross the home plate.
WKU had the lead 4-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh and with two outs Papp stepped up to the plate and knocked a two-out solo dinger over the left field wall for a Golden Eagle run but another fly out ended the game leaving it 4-1.
The two teams meet tomorrow at the Softball Complex for the third and final game of the series. Action begins at noon and it is family day. Fans can purchase four (4) general admission tickets and a $10 concession voucher for just $25 at southernmisstickets.com