BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU Softball is set to open the 2019 season this weekend in
Gulf Shores, Ala., at the Sand Dollar Classic. Five games are on the slate for the
Hilltoppers as the squad will play doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday before
taking the field for the final time on Sunday. Losing a total of one starter and two
letterwinners from its 2018 squad, the Red and White return experience in nearly
Friday, Feb. 8 – 11 a.m. CT | vs. Missouri State
Friday, Feb. 8 – 5 p.m. CT | vs. No. 17 Auburn
Saturday, Feb. 9 – 11 a.m. CT | vs. Florida A&M
Saturday, Feb. 9 – 2 p.m. CT | vs. Tennessee State
Sunday, Feb. 10 – 10 a.m. CT | vs. South Alabama
Weekend action will open Friday morning with a tilt against Missouri State, a squad
that WKU has faced twice prior. The Hilltoppers are 1-1 all-time against the Bears.
MSU went 32-20 during the 2018 season.
WKU’s Friday night matchup will be against No. 17 Auburn, who leads the all-time
series with the Tops 2-0. The Tigers posted a 41-17 record a season ago.
Since 2000, WKU Softball has played 11 different SEC squads. The Hilltoppers have
gone 18-43 up against SEC opposition. Under Coach Tudor’s reign, the 2014-2018
squads have gone head to head with seven of the SEC programs, putting together a
record of 5-10. In 2014 the Red and White took down No. 2 Tennessee on the
Volunteers’ home turf; Tudor’s second game coaching for WKU against an SEC school.
Over the 2017 opening weekend, WKU Softball headed to Starkville, Mississippi, and
took down the host Bulldogs in a 1-0 decision. WKU dropped decisions to No. 8 LSU
and No. 18 Kentucky in 2018.
Saturday morning, the Hilltoppers will play back-to-back contests against Florida
A&M followed by Tennessee State. WKU and FAMU have never met while WKU owns a 24-2
advantage all-time over TSU. Florida A&M is coming off a 23-29 season while
Tennessee State went 4-48 last season, including two losses to the Red and White.
Weekend action will conclude on Sunday against former Sun Belt foe, South Alabama.
WKU trails the Jaguars 11-15 all-time. USA went 29-27 a season ago.
WKU Softball has claimed its season-opener in each of the last six seasons and will
look to extend the streak to include the 2019 campaign. Head coach Amy Tudor is 14-0
in her career in season-opening contests entering her 15th season as at the helm of
The squad features five student-athletes in their final seasons on The Hill
including Cassidy Blackford, Rebekah Engelhardt, Kelsey McGuffin, Shannon Plese and
Jordan Vorbrink. Blackford redshirted her first year at WKU but will exit at the
same time as her fellow four-year teammates, Engelhardt and McGuffin. Vorbrink
enters her second season with the Hilltoppers after playing her first two years at
Louisville. Plese is a redshirt-senior addition that has made stops at Chattanooga
State CC, South Carolina and Tennessee before spending her final season with the