Martin Walk-off Hit Lifts WKU over UC Davis; Fall to No. 12/13 UCLA
Feb. 15, 2014
LOS ANGELES—It was a day of battles for the Western Kentucky University softball team (5-3-1), as the team came back to force extra innings and take a 9-8 win over UC Davis (3-7) before falling 5-0 to No. 12/13 UCLA (8-0) in day two of the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament.
The tournament concludes Sunday, as WKU will face Robert Morris at 11 a.m. CT. The Lady Toppers and Colonials met Friday with WKU taking a 7-2 win after posting 11 hits in the contest. Live stats are available for the game while updates can be found on Twitter via @WKU_GameDay.
GAME ONE--WKU 9, UC Davis 8 (8 inn.)
Down by two runs heading into its final inning, WKU came back to knot it up and force extras before a freshman Andie Martin walk-off hit brought in the winning run for WKU to defeat UC Davis 9-8.
The teams ended the game with even stats, as WKU had 10 hits to the Aggies’ 11. Senior Olivia Watkins had her second-straight 4-for-4 effort at the plate to go with two runs and two RBI.
Senior Emily Rousseau came in as relief to grab the win. The Louisiana native pitched 5.1 innings and gave up five hits and one earned run while fanning one batter. Freshman Hannah Miniard started the game, going 2.0 in the circle with three hits and four runs to her line as well as a pair of strikeouts.
WKU took to the scoreboard first, notching a 2-0 lead after one inning of play. With Cruce on third and Watkins on second, a sacrifice fly from Thomas brought in Cruce before a RBI double by Mattox added the frame’s final run.
Two hit by pitches allowed UC Davis runners with one out in the second inning. A single then followed to cut WKU’s lead before a two-RBI single to center put the Aggies ahead 3-2. WKU responded to pull ahead 4-3 after sophomore Brooke Holloway put up a solo shot to center and Watkins had a RBI single.
Down 6-4 after UC Davis had a three-run third inning, junior Jacqueline McGill hit a two-RBI double to tie in the seventh before UC Davis added another pair of runs in the top eighth. With two outs in the bottom frame, an Aggie fielding error allowed freshman Marley Harmon to score before a Watkins single brought in junior Shawna Sadler. Cruce stood at second when Martin’s hit to right center allowed Cruce to round the corner and score the winning run.
GAME TWO--No. 12/13 UCLA 5, WKU 0
Facing its first ranked opponent of the season, WKU had to make a quick turnaround after its dramatic win, but fell to host team No. 12/13 UCLA 5-0.
Rousseau (3-3) went all six innings in the circle, having nine hits against her and all runs earned. She walked two while striking out one. UCLA’s Ally Carda (4-0) took the win after going the distance with three hits to her and six strikeouts.
UCLA jumped ahead early, tabbing a 1-0 lead in the first after a RBI double from Delaney Spaulding. Four hits in the second inning by the Bruins brought the score to 4-0. Carda had a two-RBI single while Spaulding added another RBI double to her name.
The home team went up 5-0 after three with a two-out double by Hall. Rousseau and the defense would go on to hold the Bruins to just two more hits for the rest of the game.
WKU left five on base during the game, including sophomore Bethany Oglesby who came in as a pinch hitter during the seventh to reach on a Bruin miscue.
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