DALLAS – WKU Softball rookie pitcher Kennedy Sullivan posted another dominating week
in the circle for the Hilltoppers and has been recognized by the league office as
the Conference USA Co-Pitcher of the Week. The Georgetown, Ky., native went 3-0 on
the week while recording a no-hitter and an NCAA-best 17-strikeout showing on
“Kennedy continues to be impressive and a leader in the circle,” head coach Amy
Tudor said of the freshman. “She has a great work ethic, attitude and desire to
perform. From being ranked third nationally in strikeouts per game to throwing a
no-hitter in just her eighth outing, she has shown what she is capable of doing.”
Sullivan’s 17-strikeout performance came a day after the freshman tossed a no hitter
against Evansville and less than a week after a 16-strikeout outing against Butler.
Seventeen punchouts is the fifth-most ever recorded by a Hilltopper and the
second-most ever registered in a regulation-length game. The mark is tied with two
other performances for the most strikeouts in a single game in the NCAA this season
with UMBC’s Courtney Coppersmith the only other pitcher to do so in a
regulation-length game. Sullivan is the only pitcher in the nation with two showings
of 16 or more strikeouts.
The freshman’s no-hitter was the 13th in program history. Sullivan is just the
fourth freshman to ever record a no-no and the third hurler to do so in a run-rule
Across the week, Sullivan finished with a 3-0 mark after picking up wins over
Indiana State, Evansville and Samford. She allowed just nine hits in 16.0 innings of
work while striking out 31 batters en route to a 1.31 ERA on the week.
At the plate, Sullivan added four hits and four RBI to the Hilltoppers’ cause
including her second multi-hit performance in the win at Samford.
As Tudor referenced, Sullivan ranks third across the NCAA with 12.4 strikeouts per
game – a mark that leads Conference USA. Her 9-0 record on the season is also tops
in the league and ranks eighth nationally.
Sullivan earned Co-Pitcher of the Week with Louisiana Tech senior Preslee Gallaway
who went 2-1 on the week with 15 strikeouts and just one earned run.
The last WKU pitcher to land recognition as the league’s pitcher of the week was
Kelsey Aikey who earned the honor twice in 2018 as a sophomore.