BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – No. 18 Kentucky is headed to The Hill for a 6 p.m. CT tilt on
Wednesday from the WKU Softball Complex. With a standing-room only crowd expected,
the gates will open at 4:30 p.m. for spectators. All tickets will be general
admission and fans are advised to arrive early to ensure a seat. The Hilltoppers’
second meeting with an SEC foe this season will be streamed on CUSA.tv, available
with a subscription.
Kentucky, currently ranked in the top-20 in both major polls, sits at 26-13 overall.
The Wildcats are 4-10 in true road contests, visiting No. 9 Texas A&M most recently.
WKU and Kentucky have met all but three seasons of the Hilltopper program’s
existence: 2008, ’11, ’17. Last year’s meeting in Lexington was cancelled due to
inclement weather. The 2016 meeting between the sides from Bowling Green saw the
Wildcats claim a 5-0 victory in front of a record-breaking 1,323 fans at the WKU
Softball Complex. UK owns a 14-8 advantage in the all-time series, including an 8-4
mark when playing on The Hill.
Common opponents between the sides this season include Dayton, SIUE, LSU, Eastern
Kentucky and Middle Tennessee. The Hilltoppers and Wildcats both picked up at least
one victory over Dayton, SIUE, EKU and Middle Tennessee. Kentucky claimed both
completed contests over LSU.
Over their last 10 games, the Wildcats own a 7-3 record including wins over No. 9
Texas A&M and No. 16 Alabama. On the season, Kentucky is sporting a .320 batting
average, .474 slugging rate and a .398 on-base percentage. With 331 hits, 84 have
gone for extra bases. In the circle, the UK pitching staff has recorded a 2.86 ERA
to go along with 197 strike outs and a .239 opposing batting average.
At the plate, the Hilltoppers have posted a collective .276 batting average to go
along with a .435 slugging rate and a .375 on-base reading. Of 301 hits by the Red
and White, 103 have been extra-base knocks. In the circle, the WKU hurlers have
posted a 3.52 ERA along with 192 strikeouts. Opposing batters have been limited to a
.267 batting average by the Hilltopper staff.
Following the mid-week tilt with Kentucky, WKU will continue its homestand as
Conference USA rival Marshall pays a visit to The Hill. The three-game series is
slated for a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday before a noon finale on Sunday.