WLU Softball continues to advance with a 6-2 record against conference opponents

Another week rolled around on the Hilltop, and the West Liberty University softball team is continuing to push forward and attempting to string together another long winning streak this season. As it stands currently, West Liberty holds a 16-11-1 record overall, including a 6-2 record against conference opponents. During the month of March, the Hilltoppers won an impressive 17 out of 25 games, good for a 17-7-1 record. Along with this record, the team saw a season high ten game win streak. The team began MEC play against Alderson Broaddus University, winning both games of the double header. WLU also made quick work against Notre Dame College as well, sweeping them in two games.

Riding high on momentum, the Hilltoppers hit the road to face West Virginia State University, and was halted a bit, splitting their two game double header with the Yellow Jackets. In the first game, the Yellow Jackets were able to end the Hilltoppers recent tear, and take the first game by the final of 3-2. However, West Liberty was able to bounce back in the best way, winning game two by the final score of 11-10 in nine innings. From there, the black and gold traveled to the state’s capital to face Charleston for two games, and ultimately split that series as well, winning their first game 6-0, but unfortunately stumbled in the second, losing by the final of 5-3 in the hands of Charleston.

After the eight game conference stretch in which the Hilltoppers won six games, they finally got a break and matched up against Slippery Rock University in a MEC-PSAC duel. After covering these games, Slippery Rock looked fantastic out of the gate, which makes sense due to the team riding a three game winning streak into the doubleheader against West Liberty. In game one, it is safe to say that both WLU and SRU matched each other perfectly, in what was one of the longest marathons of a game in school history. Both teams were scoreless entering extra innings, and the game went all the way to the fourteenth inning, with both squads exchanging runs. Unfortunately, West Liberty was outlasted, and lost 4-3 on a game ending double play at the plate and at third base. In a three hour game, daylight was burning, but the teams played game two, and ended up tying the contest at 4-4, thanks to a three run bottom of the 5th inning for WLU.

Now entering April, West Liberty will play their next four games against the likes of Frostburg State University, then followed by Fairmont State University. With a back and forth effort in the win/loss column for the team, the Hilltoppers look to string together yet another win streak for this month moving forward.