Hannah Fulk continued her hit streak to five games as the Falcon’s competed in the Spring Hilltopper Classic in Bowling Green, Ky.
Fulk registered a hit in the Falcons’ first two games despite losing both games. Paige Berger continued her streak to four games before Western Kentucky snapped her streak.
The Falcons first played Indiana State on Saturday morning to a close 4-3 loss.
“[Saturday] was a tough loss,” said coach Shannon Salsburg. “We didn’t control the things we could, and they capitalized on our mistakes.”
The Falcons registered two runs in the first inning of play, before the Sycamores came back for the win. Berger went 2-for-4 with another home run, giving her 25 for her career, as she inches closer to the school record.
Friday night the Falcons played the host team of Western Kentucky. The team proved to be a tough match-up as they beat the Falcon’s 6-1.
The first run of the game didn’t come until the third inning, as WKU tallied its first run of the night. The sixth inning saw the Hilltoppers register four runs off of four hits.
“Today one inning was the difference in both games,” Salsburg said. “We talked as a team about shutting down the big innings. We look forward to playing all seven innings tomorrow the way we played six today.”
The game saw freshman pitcher Paris Imholz receive her first career loss.
Day two of the Classic saw a resurgence, as the Falcons closed off the day with two wins.
The Falcons played Morehead State first and won by a score of 6-3.
The Eagles came out sluggish and the Falcons pushed aggressively, especially from the batting of Katie Yoho. Yoho went 3-for-4 on the day, driving in two home runs and five RBIs. Berger also added another home run to the Falcons’ tally.
“We did a good job of attacking early and often,” Salsburg said.
Sunday afternoon saw the Falcons take down Murray State for the Sunday sweep.
Unlike in game one, the Falcons fell behind early by three runs, but with aggressive hitting and base running, the team managed to get the win. Berger and Yoho both contributed as well as Erika Stratton who gave the Falcons their first two RBIs.
The team used its pitching depth as it used three different pitchers in game; sophomore Erin Greenwalt earned the win while Jamie Kertes earned the save. Both were firsts for the pitchers.
Sunday saw the end of Hulk’s hit streak as she failed to reach base. The day also saw Berger move into second place for the career home run record with 26, as both she and Yoho now lead the team in home-runs this season with three.
This marks the first back-to-back wins this season, and the team will look to carry that momentum with their 4-3 record.