BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU Softball is set to open the 2018 season this weekend in
Boiling Springs, N.C., at a Gardner-Webb-hosted tournament. Five games are on the
slate with doubleheaders on both Friday and Saturday and one more tilt on Sunday.
Still one of the youngest teams in the nation, the Hilltoppers sport a 15-person
roster that features 10 underclassmen and a redshirt-sophomore.
Friday, Feb. 9 – 11 a.m. CT | vs. Hampton | Livestats
Friday, Feb. 9 – 3 p.m. CT | at Gardner-Webb | Livestats
Saturday, Feb. 10 – 9 a.m. CT | vs. Youngstown State | Livestats
Saturday, Feb. 10 – 11 a.m. CT | vs. Hampton | Livestats
Sunday, Feb. 11 – 9 a.m. CT | vs. Hampton | Livestats
Weekend action is set to commence Friday morning with the first of three weekend
games against Hampton, a team the WKU program has never faced. The Pirates are
coming off of a 23-22 campaign in 2017. In the day’s second contest, the Hilltoppers
will take on the host Runnin’ Bulldogs in a 3 p.m. tilt. WKU and Gardner-Webb have
met once prior, back in 2002 when the Red and White came out on top of a 5-3
decision in Atlanta, Ga.
On Saturday, Tudor and company will meet their third opponent of the weekend in
Youngstown State. The Penguins went 31-28 a year ago and have been predicted to
finish second in the Horizon League’s preseason poll. This will mark the first
meeting between WKU and YSU.
Games four and five on the weekend pit the Hilltoppers against Hampton to close out
WKU Softball has claimed its season-opener each of the last five seasons and will
look to extend the streak to include the 2018 campaign. Coach Tudor is 13-0 in her
career in season-opening contests entering her 14th season as a head coach.
Brittany Vaughn is the lone senior on the 2018 roster for the Hilltoppers after
transferring in from Memphis prior to her redshirt-junior campaign last season.
Vaughn started all 62 games in her first year on The Hill, primarily at shortstop.
At the plate, Vaughn slashed .277/.482/.362 with nine home runs while leading the
team with 38 RBI and 43 runs scored.
Remaining upperclassmen include outfielders Kelsey McGuffin and Jordan Vorbrink – a
transfer from Louisville – and infielder Rebekah Engelhardt. Redshirt-sophomore
pitcher Cassidy Blackford also enters her third season on The Hill.
Following this weekend’s action in North Carolina, the Hilltopper squad will hit the
road again next weekend to head to Tennessee for the Chattanooga Challenge.
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