BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – To open its week on the road, WKU Softball will stay in the
Bluegrass state and head over to Lexington to face No. 20 Kentucky at the John Cropp
Stadium on Wednesday in a game that will air live on the SEC Network.
The Wildcats mark the second SEC competition the Hilltoppers will face this year after the WKU
squad took down Mississippi State in Starkville early in the season. First pitch
time is slated at 6:02 p.m. CT, for the mid-week showdown.
Wed. | 6:02 p.m. CT | Lexington, Ky.
The game will be shown live on the SEC Network, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app with
Jenn Hildreth (play-by-play) and former Purdue head coach Carol Bruggeman (color) on
the call from Lexington.
WKU and Kentucky are no strangers, meeting 22 times in program history entering
Wednesday’s contest. The Hilltoppers have picked up victories in seven of those
meetings in the series that dates back to 2000.
No. 20 Kentucky is 24-8 overall entering the non-conference tilt. The Wildcats have
also posted a 5-4 record in SEC action so far in 2017. A pair of teams appearing on
both the WKU and UK schedules are Florida Atlantic and Evansville. The Wildcats took
down FAU in a 6-2 decision back on Feb. 25 before defeating the Purple Aces 4-1 in
Lexington on March 10.
The Hilltopper squad continues to lead the conference in many offensive statistical
categories. At the plate, WKU has been hit by a pitch 60 times for the most free
bases by a team in the conference. Taylor Proctor and Brittany Vaughn have combined
for 33 of those tallies, an amount that alone that tops all other teams in the
league. The Red and White also lead the league in home runs with 32, already
surpassing the 2016 season total of 28. Behind the plate, WKU sits ranked eighth in
the country in runners thrown out attempting to steal with 16 denials.
Following the mid-week game, WKU will hit the road again to head to Texas for a
weekend series at UTEP. Saturday will feature a doubleheader followed by the series
finale on Sunday.
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