BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – With four weekends of tournament play under its belt, WKU
Softball is set for its first mid-week tilt of the year as SIUE is set to visit The
Hill on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. CT, contest. The Cougars (8-3) will make a stop in
Lexington at Kentucky Tuesday afternoon before heading to Bowling Green for
WKU has never crossed paths with the squad out of Edwardsville, Ill., prior to
Wednesday’s meeting. The Cougars have won their last three outings and also own a
win over Conference USA foe UAB in the form of a 5-2 decision on Feb. 24 in Troy,
Through 11 games, SIUE owns a collective batting average of .311 on the year with 89
hits – 20 extra base – for a .441 slugging percentage. In the circle, the Cougars’
pitching staff has recorded a 1.63 ERA, allowing more than two runs on just a pair
of occasions this season to account for two of the squad’s three losses.
After the first four weekends of play, WKU Softball has made its mark in several
offensive stat categories. As a team, the Hilltoppers lead Conference USA in five
categories (batting average, .314; doubles per game, 1.85; on base percentage, .413;
scoring, 5.90; triples per game, .40). In the national standings, the Red and White
rank in the top 10 in doubles per game (sixth) and in the top-25 in triples per game
(16th) and on base percentage (17th).
Individually, Shelby Nunn ranks ninth in victories with nine already. Kelsey Aikey
owns one of the 44 no-hitters recorded this year while ranking 14th in the NCAA with
two saves to her name. Jordan Thomas ranks fourth in walks with 1.0 per game while
leading the nation with 20 total walks. Kendall Smith’s eight total doubles rank
10th in the country.
WKU owns a 7-3 record at the WKU Softball Complex this season with Wednesday’s game
against SIUE marking the end of an 11-game homestand for the Hilltoppers. Over that
stretch, four individuals have hit better than .300 at the plate including Jordan
Vorbrink (.360), Maddie Bowlds (.357), Brittany Vaughn (.333) and Paige Carter
(.310). The Hilltoppers’ pitching staff owns a collective 2.05 ERA across WKU’s 10
home games while holding opposing batters to a .216 average.
Following WKU’s first of seven home mid-week non-conference tilts the team will head
south for a five-game spring break trip. The Hilltoppers will open Conference USA
play with a series at Southern Miss March 10-11 before dropping by Baton Rouge, La.,
and Mobile, Ala., for tilts matchups with LSU and South Alabama.