CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In her rookie campaign, WKU Softball catcher Kendall Smith earned
Conference USA All-Tournament Team recognition the league office announced at the
conclusion of the championship event Saturday. Smith was the only backstop
recognized on the 12-person team, marking back-to-back seasons a Hilltopper catcher
has earned the honor.
Across two games in Charlotte, the Bowling Green, Ky., native went 3-for-5 with a
double, RBI, sacrifice hit and run scored. Of all individuals that played in
multiple games at the Championship, Smith’s .600 batting average was the second-best
Smith caught all 13 innings the Red and White played at the C-USA Championship,
including a career-best nine strikeouts – framing four for called punchouts – from
Kelsey Aikey in WKU’s 5-2 win over Marshall. Behind the plate, Smith was the only
catcher to catch two runners attempting to steal while allowing zero stolen bases
against in the tournament.
With three trips to the C-USA Championship in program history, WKU Softball has now
seen six Hilltoppers earn All-Tournament honors as Smith added her name to the list.
Last season, catcher Taylor Proctor and outfielder Kelsey McGuffin each earned
recognition. In WKU’s first year as a C-USA member, Miranda Kramer, Kathryn Downing
and Carleigh Chaumont all earned recognition as well.