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C-USA tabs Downing for Spring Spirit of Service Award

IRVING, Texas – Kathryn Downing of WKU Softball has been named one of 14 recipients
of the Conference USA Spring Spirit of Service Award as announced by the conference
office on Wednesday. Downing is one of seven softball players to be honored, the
most honorees from a sport this spring.

The C-USA Spirit of Service award is designed to recognize the community service
efforts of the league’s student-athletes, based upon significant community service,
good academic standing and participation in their elected sport. The Spirit of
Service Award will be presented three times throughout the year, with the recently
announced honorees representing Conference USA’s: baseball, golf, softball, tennis
and outdoor track and field.

Wrapping up her collegiate career earlier this spring, Downing left her mark in the
record books, owning the fifth-best career ERA in WKU Softball history at 2.40. In
2017 alone, the Bowling Green, Ky., native started 36 games in the circle, a mark
that goes down as the third-most by a pitcher in a single season. Overall, Downing
sported a team-best 2.25 ERA in 40 appearances on the 2017 campaign, including 15
complete games and five complete-game shutouts.

Off the dirt, the journalism and broadcasting major is heavily involved in the
community in which she grew up. Downing splits her time as both a Fellowship of
Christian Athletes (FCA) leader and a character coach. She is one of the
Hilltoppers’ Big Red Readers representatives, visiting local elementary schools to
encourage reading to boost comprehension. The senior has also assisted at the WKU
softball camps hosted on campus, volunteering and connecting with aspiring athletes
from the same community as herself.

Downing earned a spot on the 2017 C-USA All-Academic softball squad and has been
named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll each of the seasons since WKU joined
the league.

2016-17 SPRING C-USA SPIRIT OF SERVICE HONOREES:
Tai Martin, Charlotte, Women’s Tennis
Stephanie Texeira, FIU, Softball
Tai Barber, Florida Atlantic, Women’s Golf
Jordan Patrick, Louisiana Tech, Men’s Track & Field
Morgan Zerkle, Marshall, Softball
Precious Birdsong, MTSU, Softball
Rachel Walker, Old Dominion, Women’s Golf
Savannah Durkin, Rice, Women’s Tennis
Danielle Block, Southern Miss, Softball
Avei Logoleo, UAB, Beach Volleyball
Kaitlin Fifield, UTEP, Softball
Randy Bermea, UTSA, Men’s Track & Field
Kathryn Downing, WKU, Softball

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