Another cancellation pushes softball home opener to Friday

Hunter Frint

The Lady Topper’s attention turns to Florida Atlantic as WKU’s doubleheader against Tennessee State, originally scheduled for Wednesday was rescheduled for April 15.

The same time slots remain for the postponed match-ups—the first game starting at 5 p.m. at the WKU Softball Complex and the second starting at 7 p.m. 

With the Lady Toppers already sitting on a staggering 14 games that have been cancelled due to the weather and ensuing field conditions, the two postponements bring that tally even higher. 

However, Head Coach Amy Tudor and her team remain focused on finishing out their inaugural conference slate as strong as they started.

“We need to continue to head in the right direction as we enter into April,” Tudor said. “It is our last month for conference.” 

Now, a three-game series with Florida Atlantic will offer WKU fans their first look at the Lady Toppers after 24 games into the season. 

The series begins on Friday at 4 p.m. with a follow-up game at 6 p.m. The series will conclude with a Saturday contest set for noon.  

The C-USA clash with the Owls will feature two teams in the NCAA Women’s Softball RPI top 40. The Lady Toppers are ranked No. 33 with an 18-6, 5-1 C-USA record with Florida Atlantic ranked close behind at No. 39 at 25-10-1.

The series pits the two highest ranked C-USA opponents in the NCAA RPI, and could offer insight into an important postseason matchup. 

“That’s our focus,” Tudor said. “To get into conference [championships] and to go take care of business.”

Senior pitcher Miranda Kramer won the C-USA pitcher of the week title for the third time in a row this past week and for the fourth time in her inaugural season on the Hill. 

The Indiana University, Purdue University Fort Wayne, transfer ranks third in the nation in total strikeouts with 207, just behind Marshall’s Jordan Dixon with 209 and first place Dakota State’s Krista Menke’s 232 strikeouts. 

She is tied for first in the nation with seven shut outs and ranks No. 10 in the nation in ERA at 1.06.