BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU Softball is set to host Conference USA’s second-ranked
squad as FIU pays a visit to The Hill for Senior Weekend. Senior Day festivities
will take place prior to Saturday’s 1 p.m. CT, contest at approximately 12:50 p.m.
on the diamond. All three weekend tilts will be streamed live on CUSA.tv.
Sat, May 5 – 12:50 p.m. CT – Senior Day Recognition – Brittany Vaughn Bio
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A series win over the Golden Panthers would guarantee the Hilltopper squad a spot in
the 2018 C-USA Tournament. However, if the Red and White win one game and Charlotte
(H) avoids a sweep to visiting Southern Miss (A), WKU would still make it in. Should
the Tops suffer a weekend sweep and Southern Miss wins its series at Charlotte, WKU
would fall out of the top eight teams. Additionally, If WKU is swept and UTEP and/or
UTSA were to sweep their weekend opposition (LA Tech and Florida Atlantic,
respectively), those squads would also pass the Hilltoppers into the top eight. Full
C-USA rankings can be found here.
WKU enters the final weekend of regular season action with a 26-24 record including
a 9-12 mark in league play. FIU will head to The Hill looking to improve upon its
29-23 mark (13-7 C-USA). The Golden Panthers have already secured a spot in
postseason play in Charlotte, N.C., while WKU will look to lock up a spot as well.
In the all-time series between WKU and FIU, the Golden Panthers own a 26-33
advantage. The Hilltoppers are 10-14 in games against FIU in Bowling Green. FIU has
claimed the last four meetings.
Common opposition on the year for the weekend foes includes Marshall, Florida
Atlantic, Middle Tennessee and Charlotte. Both sides put up a 2-1 series win over
Marshall while FIU swept Charlotte and claimed both remaining series 2-1 as well.
The Hilltoppers will look to snap a four-game skid and finish the season on a strong
note. With three C-USA contests remaining, WKU is capable of posting its second-most
wins (10) in league play since joining the conference.
Brittany Vaughn is the lone senior on the Hilltoppers’ 2018 squad. Vaughn, a Bowling
Green, Ky., native, is in the midst of her second season on The Hill after
transferring following three years – including a redshirt season – at Memphis. The
redshirt senior has been a mainstay for the Red and White at shortstop, starting 84
consecutive games until a minor injury sidelined her at the beginning of conference
action this year. In her two years on The Hill, Vaughn has recorded a .298 / .388 /
.508 slash line with 16 home runs and 74 RBI.