Western Kentucky Claims Doubleheader Sweep Over Redhawks
March 19, 2007
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Southeast Missouri State softball opened its week-long spring break road trip with a pair of losses this afternoon to host Western Kentucky by scores of 3-1 and 10-8 at WKU Softball Field in Bowling Green, Ky. The Hilltoppers improve to 13-15 with the victories, while the Redhawks drop their season record to 6-10.
Southeast struck first in the first game to claim an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as junior shortstop Megan McDonald (Cape Girardeau, Mo./Cape Central) lined a single to score junior third baseman Michelle Summers (Glendale, Calif./Hoover) from second base.
Western Kentucky would tie the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the first on a solo home run to left center by freshman Lindsay Antone. Homers from senior Alana Towns and sophomore Amanda Ford-Feitz in the bottom of the second propelled the Hilltoppers to a 3-1 lead that they would not relinquish.
McDonald went 1-for-3 with an RBI to lead Southeast, while junior pitcher Elaine Fisher (St. Peters, Mo./Francis Howell North) fell to 4-8 after allowing all three runs on six hits in six innings pitched.
Antone paced Western Kentucky with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate and sophomore Jennifer Kempf (7-8) captured the complete game win by giving up only one run on four hits in addition to striking out six batters.
In the second game, the Hilltoppers claimed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI walk by Towns that scored Antone, who reached base on a single, from third.
Southeast evened the score at 1-1 in the top of the second as freshman left fielder Elise Sperakos (Nipomo, Calif./Nipomo) connected on a run-scoring double that scored fellow classmate Alex Ramirez (Carona, Calif./El Modena) from second base. Western Kentucky regained the lead at 2-1 in the bottom of the second as Antone produced an RBI single that brought home sophomore Sam Cronk from second.
McDonald lined a two-run homer in the top of the third as part of a four-run inning to give the Redhawks a 4-2 lead. Freshman pitcher Stacia Dopudja (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) and senior center fielder Lindsay Pickering (St. Charles, Mo./St. Charles West HS) also hit solo homers in the inning.
The Hilltoppers sliced their deficit to 4-3 in the bottom of the third on an RBI single from sophomore Terri Ellingsworth which scored Towns from second after she reached base on a walk. An RBI sacrifice bunt from Antone in the bottom of the fourth tied the game at 4-4 which scored freshman Rochelle Boucher from second.
Dopudja connected on her second solo homer of the game to center field in the top of the fifth to give Southeast a 5-4 advantage before Cronk handed the home team a 7-5 lead in the bottom half of the inning with a three-run homer to left field.
The Hilltoppers added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to increase their lead to 10-6, highlighted by a two-run double down the right field line from Boucher.
Southeast scored two runs in the top of the seventh on a two-run double to left field that closed Western Kentucky's lead to 10-8 with two outs before getting sophomore catcher Amber Peterson (Camarillo, Calif./Oaks Christian) to pop out to the shortstop to end the game.
Dopudja finished 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI while taking her first collegiate loss on the mound after giving up five runs on 10 hits in five innings of work. Sperakos went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two doubles for Southeast.
Boucher and Cronk tallied three hits apiece and combined to drive in six runs to lead Western Kentucky on the offensive end. Sophomore Ryan Rogge (6-7) claimed the complete game victory for the Hilltoppers despite allowing eight runs on 10 hits, but struck out five Redhawk batters.
Southeast is back in action tomorrow afternoon with a doubleheader against another Sun Belt foe Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The first game will begin at 3 p.m.