Aikey named C-USA Pitcher of the Week following Charlotte series

Junior Pitcher Kelsey Aikey pitches during WKU’s game against Charlotte at the WKU Softball Complex beginning March 23 in Bowling Green. Aikey was just named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week

Sophie Austin

Junior Kelsey Aikey has been named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week after an outstanding week in the circle. The Hilltoppers went 4-0 over the week, with three relief performances and one start from Aikey.

Over the course of the week, Aikey recorded 13 scoreless innings and struck out 21 batters.

“Kelsey Aikey had a great week in the circle,” head coach Amy Tudor said in a press release. “She got better and stronger as the week progressed; her performance on Sunday was as good as it gets. I’m proud of her.”

Sunday’s game against Charlotte concluded the Hilltoppers’ second sweep of a C-USA opponent this season, making them 6-0 in conference play. Aikey came into the game at the top of the sixth with no outs and a runner on second to strike out five of the six Charlotte batters she faced.

Aikey’s save was her fifth of the season, which is a WKU single-season record and best in C-USA. She is also now 5-3 overall and 2-0 in conference play after earning two wins this week. This is Aikey’s third time being named C-USA Pitcher of the Week, after earning two during her sophomore year.

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