DALLAS – After one of her most dominant weeks in the circle yet, WKU Softball junior
Kelsey Aikey has earned Conference USA’s Pitcher of the Week title, the league
office announced Monday. The Cedar Falls, Iowa, native registered 13 scoreless
innings of work across the week while striking out 21 opposing batters as the
Hilltoppers went a perfect 4-0.
“Kelsey Aikey had a great week in the circle,” head coach Amy Tudor commented. “She
got better and stronger as the week progressed; her performance on Sunday was as
good as it gets. I’m proud of her.”
Sunday’s performance saw Aikey enter the game in a save situation with no outs and a
runner on second in the top of the sixth inning. The junior proceeded to strike out
the next three Charlotte batters to get the Red and White back to the dugout with
their 3-0 lead still intact. Back out for the top of the seventh, Aikey continued
her tear through the 49er lineup and recorded the first and third outs of the final
frame for a five-strikeout, six-out save. The save was Aikey’s fifth of the season –
a new WKU single-season record and the most in Conference USA.
Across the week, the junior made three relief appearances along with one start. In
her relief outings, Aikey posted 14 strikeouts against just two walks and three
hits. In total, she recorded at least two strikeouts in an inning seven times and
sat down the side twice across her 13 innings.
As WKU improved to 22-5 overall and 6-0 in league play with the 4-0 week, Aikey
picked up two wins from the circle along with a save. She’s now 5-3 on the season
with a 1.92 ERA overall which drops to a perfect 0.00 mark and 2-0 in Conference USA
Aikey is the second Hilltopper pitcher to be recognized as the league’s pitcher of
the week after Kennedy Sullivan shared the honor the week of March 4. With this
award, Aikey now owns three C-USA Pitcher of the Week accolades after collecting two
during her sophomore campaign.