BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – With the 2018 WKU Softball campaign just days away, fifth-year
Hilltopper head coach Amy Tudor along with redshirt-senior Brittany Vaughn and
junior Kelsey McGuffin previewed the upcoming season at the team’s media day.
Tudor and the WKU unit will take on Hampton in the Gardner-Webb hosted tournament on
Friday, Feb. 9, in Boiling Springs, N.C., to get the 2018 season underway. After
five contests over opening weekend, the Hilltoppers will head to Chattanooga the
following weekend for five more tilts before returning to The Hill to host a pair of
their own tournaments.
A young, yet experienced squad comprised of 15 players this season has 10 returning
letterwinners on the roster in addition to a junior transfer. Vaughn and McGuffin
represent two on the team’s five upperclassmen with Vaughn being the team’s only
senior. Last season alone, the WKU team saw action in eight postseason games thanks
to a run through the Conference USA Tournament and an appearance in the inaugural
Postseason NISC event.
More than half of the WKU Softball roster hails from the Bluegrass State, with nine
players staying in state. A trio of those student-athletes hail from Bowling Green
including Vaughn and freshmen Kendall Smith and Shelby Nunn. The remaining six hail
evenly from Indiana and Iowa.
WKU has 28 home contests on the slate this season including a pair of early-season
tournaments at the WKU Softball Complex. Additionally, the Hilltoppers have nine
games on the schedule against teams that appeared in last year’s NCAA Tournament.
* The Hilltoppers will play at the WKU Softball Complex 28 times this season
* WKU will take on five squads ranked or receiving votes in the Top-25
Preseason Poll (LSU, Kentucky, Marshall, FIU, LA Tech)
* Three Hilltoppers hail from Bowling Green, Ky.: Brittany Vaughn, Shelby
Nunn and Kendall Smith
* Coach Tudor enters her fifth season at the helm of her alma mater and owns
a 117-99-1 record on The Hill
* This year’s squad features five new faces including four freshmen and a
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