BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Winners of three-straight Conference USA series, WKU Softball
heads into its final C-USA matchup this weekend, traveling to Miami, Fla., to visit
FIU. Weekend play will open with a doubleheader at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday from the
FIU Softball Stadium before Sunday’s finale starts at noon.
FIU, currently second in the C-USA East standings, and WKU (26-23; 10-10), fourth in
the same division, will each be looking to solidify places in the league’s
post-season tournament. The Panthers (37-12; 11-6) are 18-2 playing on their home
turf while the Hilltoppers have put up an 8-10 record on the road.
In the all-time series, the Red and White own a 26-30 record against FIU including
an even 13-13 mark in Miami. Under head coach Amy Tudor, WKU is 4-2 taking on the
Common opponents between FIU and WKU this season include Northwestern State, who FIU
fell to 4-2; Middle Tennessee (FIU swept 3-0); Florida Atlantic (FIU lost series
2-1); Marshall (FIU won series 2-1) and Charlotte (split 1-1).
The Hilltopper squad continues to lead Conference USA in many offensive statistical
categories while breaking into the top-25 nationally. At the plate, WKU has been hit
by a pitch 68 times for the second-most free bases by a team in the nation. Taylor
Proctor and Brittany Vaughn have combined for 38 of those tallies, an amount that
alone that tops all but one other team in the conference. The Red and White also
lead the league in home runs with 40 (top-30 nationally), already surpassing the
2016 season total of 28. Behind the plate, WKU sits ranked in the top 20 in the
country in runners thrown out attempting to steal with 16 denials. Finally, the
Hilltoppers rank 11th in the nation with 23 double plays turned on the season.
Two commencement ceremonies will take place on the FIU campus Saturday, April 30,
with another one on Sunday, which impacts the normal softball traffic flow and
parking. Fans planning to attend the softball games are asked to enter through the
University entrance at the corner of 117th Avenue and 17th Street to avoid
commencement traffic. Once inside that entrance, proceed to stop sign at the
baseball stadium and take a left onto 115th. Parking is on either side on 115th (in
the SAAC parking lot or by the soccer stadium) as you approach the stop sign to 11th
Street. If those lots are full, do not proceed through that stop sign, but turn
around and park across from the baseball stadium on 17th street, which has plenty of
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