No. 11 Kentucky Opens Up Road Trip on Wednesday at WKU
LEXINGTON, Ky. – After picking up its fifth Southeastern Conference series win in six tries over the
weekend beating the No. 18 Missouri Tigers two games to one, the Kentucky softball team will step out of conference play and make the trip to Bowling Green, Ky., to face the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers for a Wednesday night game set to kick off at 7 p.m. ET from the WKU Softball Complex.
Wednesday’s game will be available to watch on WKUsports.com with the payment of a CBS College Sports Live subscription payment. Updates will also be available on UKathletics.com and by following Kentucky Softball on Twitter at @UKSoftball.
UK is sitting at No. 11 in Monday's release of the NCAA RPI and currently hoists a 37-9 overall record, including a perfect 3-0 mark against in-state opponents in 2016. The Wildcats beat the Hilltoppers 1-0 in nine innings a season ago at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington.
Kentucky is led in hitting by speedy slapper Sylver Samuel, who will enter week 11 of play in at .371 on the year in batting average. Samuel has scored 20 runs on 46 hits this season with a double and six RBI. The hottest bat being swung by the Wildcats right now is freshman Abbey Cheek, who has four home runs in her last four games, including three off the John Cropp Stadium videoboard in left field. Three of the four homers she hit last week were game-winning long balls, including the series-clinching homer in the bottom of the sixth inning on Sunday against No. 18 Missouri’s ace, Paige Lowary.
Senior pitcher Kelsey Nunley continues to be sensational in the circle, entering the weekend with a 17-4 overall record on the season, and a 1.14 ERA to lead the deep and dynamic Kentucky pitching staff. Nunley is the NCAA leader for all active pitchers in career innings thrown, with over 870 in her four years in the Blue and White.
Western Kentucky enters Wednesday night's in-state midweek game with a 16-21 overall record and 7-8 in Conference USA action. Under the direction of WKU alum, Amy Tudor - the Hilltoppers are coming off of a series loss to the Charlotte 49ers, two games to one with Charlotte picking up wins in the first two games before a 4-0 win to close out the three-game set by WKU.
WKU in the circle is led by Kathryn Downing, who has a 2.99 ERA on the season in her 17 appearances and sports a 6-3 overall record on the year in 75.0 innings pitched. The most commonly-used pitcher by the Toppers is Hannah Parker, who has appeared in 28 games, earning the starting assignment in 23 of them. Parker is 10-12 on the season with a 3.67 ERA with 141.1 innings pitched on the season.
At the plate, the Hilltoppers rely on Brooke Holloway, who has a .367 batting average on the season, with over 24 runs scored on 40 hits and 22 RBI. There are three WKU batters who are hitting above .300 on the season with the team is hitting .270 as a unit.
Wednesday, April 20
No. 11 Kentucky at Western Kentucky (7 p.m. ET)
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