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GAME NOTES: WKU heads to Lipscomb double-header

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — In a brief break from Conference USA action, WKU Softball will make a day trip down to Nashville to visit Lipscomb for a double feature at the Draper Diamond on Wednesday. First pitch of the twinbill is slated for 4 p.m. CT with the second game to follow around 6 p.m. CT, both contests will be streamed on ESPN3.

MID-WEEK SCHEDULE
Wed. at Lipscomb | 4 p.m. CT | Stats | ESPN3
at Lipscomb | 6 p.m. CT | Stats | ESPN3

Lipscomb is off to a 21-7 start on the 2017 campaign and currently rides a five-game win streak entering the mid-week tilts. Common opponents between the Lady Bisons and Hilltoppers are Wright State, Western Illinois and Austin Peay. WKU and Lipscomb both took down Wright State while head coach Amy Tudor’s squad also defeated Western Illinois before the Leathernecks took down the Lady Bisons. Lipscomb swept its series against Austin Peay, a squad that WKU fell to early on.

WKU and Lipscomb have met 26 times previously, with the Hilltoppers owning a 15-11 advantage in the all-time series. The Red and White are 8-4 when playing at Lipscomb. Last time out, Lipscomb took down the Hilltoppers in a 3-0 decision.

To this point, the Red and White have put together a 15-10 non-conference record. Additionally, WKU has fared well in mid-week contests, working to a 5-2 record in those games.

In the first RPI rankings of the 2017 season, WKU Softball came in at No. 80 with notable wins over Mississippi State (27), Ohio (54) and Illinois State (62). Lipscomb was rated 47th in the first report.

With 29 home runs through 31 games this season, the WKU squad leads Conference USA in the category and has already surpassed last season’s home run total (28). Across the Division I board, 29 longballs in 2017 ranks 17th overall. The Hilltoppers also lead the nation in players hit by pitch, racking up 50 free bases as a team.

Following Wednesday’s action in Nashville, WKU Softball will be traveling to Huntington, West Virginia, to pay a visit to Marshall for a three-game series.

How to Follow the Hilltoppers: For complete information on WKU Softball, follow the team on Twitter at @WKUSoftball, Instagram @WKU_Softball and Facebook @WKUSoftball.

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