Miniard's One Hitter Guides WKU to 7-0 Win over Miami (OH)

Feb. 22, 2014

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Scoring Summary
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Miami 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
WKU 0 3 0 1 0 3 X 7 13 0
Player IP H R ER BB SO
MU - Myers (3-1) 3.0 8 4 3 1 2
WKU - Miniard (3-0) 7.0 1 0 0 3 6
MU - Larrabee 2 0 1 0 0 0
WKU - Sadler 4 1 3 2 0 0
WKU - Cruce 2 0 2 2 0 0

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.--Using a complete team effort in all facets of the game, the Western Kentucky University softball team (7-4-1) shut out Miami (OH) (3-4) by a score of 7-0 in day two of the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Spring Fling on Saturday.

Behind the arm of Hannah Miniard (3-0), the freshman and the defense held the Red Hawks to just one hit in the fourth inning. Miniard had three walks and six strikeouts in the complete-game performance.

WKU recorded a season-high 13 hits in the game, led by junior Shawna Sadler's 3-for-4 effort. The Illinois native also added a pair of RBIs. Senior Amanda Thomas, junior Preslie Cruce and sophomore Bethany Oglesby had two hits apiece.

The Lady Toppers took a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Sadler was the first to cross home plate off of a senior Kelsie Mattox RBI single. Mattox and Oglesby then scored after Cruce powered a double to left center.

One more run came on the board in the fourth frame, as Oglesby opened the inning by reaching base on a Red Hawk miscue. The sophomore would move to third on another Cruce double before scoring on senior Olivia Watkins' single up the middle.

WKU capped the 7-0 score in the sixth with a trio of runs, as freshman Amber Williams brought in the first from Thomas' RBI single. Senior Tiffany Gooch and freshman India Steward then rounded the bases on Sadler's two-base hit.

WKU concludes this home tourney on Sunday at 10 a.m. CT versus Canisius before facing Bradley at 3 p.m. CT.

Gametracker for each game can be found on the tournament central page on

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