BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Following a bye weekend and a cancelled midweek game, WKU
Softball will finally return to action after going eight days between contests as
the Hilltoppers head to Charlotte, N.C., for a three-game weekend series with the
49ers. The Red and White enter their third Conference USA series of the season with
a 19-11 overall record and a 3-3 reading in league play. Charlotte sits at 10-19
overall with a 4-5 record against C-USA foes.
Charlotte suffered a midweek loss to UNCG its last time out in the form of an 8-0
setback to drop to 5-11 at home from the Sue M. Daughtridge Stadium. Over the
weekend, the 49ers traveled to Murfreesboro, Tenn., falling 2-1 in the series at
Middle Tennessee. Charlotte also dropped its series against Florida Atlantic after
opening league play by claiming 2-of-3 games at North Texas.
In the all-time series against the 49ers, WKU leads 6-4. The Hilltoppers are 1-2
when playing in Charlotte. The sides had never met prior to WKU joining Conference
USA in 2015 but have played a three-game series each season since. So far, the host
squad has won each of the prior series.
Through 29 games, Charlotte owns a collective batting average of .255 on the year
with 192 hits – 39 extra base – for a .324 slugging percentage. In the circle, the
49er pitching staff has registered a 3.33 ERA with 164 strikeouts while opposing
batters hit at a .260 clip.
The Hilltopper offense has been a force to be reckoned with this season as the team
owns a collective batting average of .295 while leading Conference USA in scoring
(5.53), doubles per game (1.77), triples per game (0.33), RBI (150) and on base
percentage (.387). WKU’s 1.77 doubles per game ranks sixth in the nation.
Following WKU’s weekend series in North Carolina, the squad will wrap up its current
road stretch, heading to Murray State on Wednesday, April 4.