BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Winning its last two Conference USA series, WKU Softball will
take a break from league play for a mid-week contest down the road at Louisville on
Wednesday. The Hilltoppers, winners in four of their last six games, are looking to
stay hot and take down the Cardinals at Ulmer Stadium in a 5 p.m. CT game that will
be streamed on ACC Network Extra.
WKU enters the non-conference tilt owning a record of 24-22 on the 2017 season while
Louisville has put together a 25-13 campaign to this point. The Cardinals will host
Lipscomb at Ulmer Stadium Tuesday evening before the Hilltoppers make the trip on
Both WKU and Louisville have faced several common opponents this season. Louisville
took three of its four meetings with Indiana State a team the WKU downed 8-0. Both
sides dropped 2-1 decisions to the reigning national champion, Oklahoma. Louisville
beat Bowling Green in early March in a 1-0 decision while the Hilltoppers split with
the Falcons. Most recently, the Cardinals defeated Ohio 2-1 and IUPUI 7-2, teams
that the WKU squad took down as well.
Louisville has posted a 12-5 record at the Ulmer Stadium entering this week’s
non-conference outings while the Hilltoppers are 8-9 when playing on the road.
In the all-time series between the squads, the Hilltoppers trail Louisville 3-16,
claiming one away contest in 2006 with the other two wins coming in Bowling Green.
The Cardinals have claimed the last eight meetings with WKU’s last victory over the
now-ACC squad coming back in 2007.
The Hilltopper squad continues to lead Conference USA in many offensive statistical
categories while breaking into the top-25 nationally, as well. At the plate, WKU has
been hit by a pitch 65 times for the second-most free bases by a team in the nation.
Taylor Proctor and Brittany Vaughn have combined for 36 of those tallies, an amount
that alone that tops all other teams in the conference. The Red and White also lead
the league in home runs with 38 (25th nationally), already surpassing the 2016
season total of 28. Behind the plate, WKU sits ranked 17th in the country in runners
thrown out attempting to steal with 16 denials. Finally, the Hilltoppers rank 11th
in the nation with 22 double plays turned on the season.
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