The Western Kentucky softball team held Murray State’s late momentum for a 3-2 win in eight innings Wednesday at Racer Field in Murray.

WKU senior Emily Rousseau (11-7) didn’t give up her first hit of the contest until the fourth inning, finishing the day with five hits allowed. Rousseau’s consecutive scoreless inning streak ended at 25 1/3 innings, which ranks second on WKU’s all-time list. Both of the Racers’ runs were earned. Rousseau walked one and struck out eight batters.

Mason Robinson (6-5) took the loss for Murray State (15-14) after pitching the final three innings with one run given up on three hits. Former Butler County High School star CheyAnne Gaskey started the game, allowing two runs – one earned – on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts in five innings.

Junior Shawna Sadler and senior Kelsie Mattox led WKU at the plate with two hits each, including Mattox hitting her eighth double of the season.

WKU (20-10-1) scored in the top of the second when sophomore Bethany Oglesby singled and advanced to second on a bad throw from Maggie Glass at third base. Junior Jacqueline McGill hit a run-scoring double off the left-field wall. In the third inning, Mattox’s RBI double down the left-field line scored junior Preslie Cruce from second for a 2-0 lead.

Murray State was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth when Glass opened the frame with a single. Shelby Miller hit a RBI double to left-center for the first run. A sacrifice bunt moved Miller to third, and she score on a groundout by Cayla Levins.

Senior Olivia Watkins got things going for WKU with an infield single and stolen base in the eighth. Sadler followed with a single to move Watkins to third, and Mattox notched her second RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to center for the winning run.

WKU travels to Texas Arlington for a three-game Sun Belt Conference series starting Saturday with a doubleheader and concluding Sunday with a single game.

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