BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU Softball head coach Amy Tudor continues to add to her
talented 2019-20 roster as she announced the signing of Katie Gardner to a National
Letter of Intent on Wednesday. Gardner comes to The Hill from just down the street,
playing her prep ball at Warren East High School where the righty pitched for the
“We are excited to have Katie join our team,” Coach Tudor shared. “She is coming off
of a stellar senior season and has collected many impressive accolades over her
career. She is a competitor and has shown she knows how to win. Katie will add depth
and strength to our pitching staff.”
Following a senior campaign that saw Gardner record 342 strikeouts, 184 innings
pitched, a 1.10 ERA and a 30-2 mark in the circle, Gardner was named the 2019
Kentucky Miss Softball by the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association. Additionally,
she repeated as the Region 4 Athletic Director’s Player of the Year as Warren East
finished as the state runner up for the second-consecutive season. Gardner closed
her final season of prep ball with a .405 batting average recording 32 hits – 23 for
extra bases including nine home runs – along with 35 RBI.
Gardner led the Warren East squad to a 36-3 overall record and a perfect 8-0 mark in
district play in addition to a third Region 4 title. For her efforts box in the
circle and at the plate, she was named a 2019 MaxPreps Softball Second Team
All-American in addition to her fourth All-State and third Region 4 MVP honors.
As a junior, she posted a 20-4 mark with 273 strikeouts in 154 innings of work while
recording a 0.78 ERA. From the batter’s box, Gardner notched a .346 batting average
with three home runs and 18 RBI in 2018.
Playing for the varsity squad since she was in seventh grade, Gardner helped Warren
East to a combined record of 103-26-1 over the last four seasons and 153-49-1 dating
back through the 2014 campaign. Across her career, Gardner finished with 110 wins
and 1,239 strikeouts.
The local product is one of nine newcomers headed for The Hill this fall. Gardner is
the seventh member of WKU’s incoming freshman class that will join fellow newcomers
in junior college transfer Maggie Trgo and Princess Valencia from Morehead State.
Rounding out the freshman class are Madeline Rider, Madeline Harris, Taylor Sanders,
Tatiasha Webster, Carli Crowder and Brylee Hage.