The Western Kentucky University softball team (30-13, 14-3 Sun Belt Conference) set a school-record, 10-game win streak Saturday afternoon after taking a 9-1 win in six innings and 3-0 win over Troy (20-25, 7-9 SBC) at the Troy Softball Complex in Troy, Ala.
WKU broke things open in the sixth to win game one. Emily Rousseau (17-5) allowed four hits while striking out 10.
Amanda Thomas started a spark for WKU in the top fourth after she hit a double toward the corner of right field. With Bethany Oglesby pinch-running for Thomas, Oglesby moved to third on a groundout before scoring on Shawna Sadler’s RBI up the middle.
WKU broke the tie in the top of the sixth by scoring eight runs on four hits. The first three batters loaded the bases with a hit by pitch, single and walk before Sadler hit a fielder’s choice that allowed Thomas to score. Katrina Metoyer followed with a RBI single through the right side, and Karavin Dew drew a walk after seeing 10 pitches.
Ciara Garcia brought in two more runs later in the inning after a hit to left center, while the final run came off a Thomas sacrifice fly to right field.
Using eight hits in the second game, WKU swept the doubleheader with a 3-0 win.
Mallorie Sulaski (9-6) went the distance in the shutout, giving up three hits and one walk while striking out five.
The Lady Toppers once again scored first, taking a 1-0 lead in the third after a RBI single from Garcia.
The lead grew by a run in the sixth as a sacrifice fly to left field by Garcia brought in Cruce.
Kelsie Mattox opened the sixth inning with her second double of the game before moving to third on a Trojan error and scoring on an RBI single from Dew.