Lady Tops enter latter stages of C-USA play

Cartersville, Ga., Lady Topper softball senior pitcher, Janna Scheff, winds up on the pitching mound during the softball double header against Florida Atlantic at the Softball Complex, Saturday, April 4, 2015 . Leanora Benkato/ HERALD

Herald Sports Staff

The Lady Topper softball team enters this weekend’s Conference USA clash with Southern Miss atop the conference’s east division. With only seven more scheduled teams to play before the C-USA tournament, the Lady Toppers hold a 7-2 mark in league play. 

WKU’s overall record stands at 20-7 pending results from Wednesday night’s doubleheader versus the Murray State Racers. The games against Murray State were the first contests the Lady Toppers have played against a team from Kentucky all season. 

WKU won its three-game series this past weekend against Florida Atlantic 2-1. 

The victory was their third C-USA series win of the season, consisting of a 3-1 win in game one, a 6-1 defeat in game two, and a 1-0 win in the final game with a home run from freshman Lexie Norfleet.  

Senior Miranda Kramer enters the weekend with her fourth consecutive C-USA Pitcher of the Week award in hand. This brings her total tab to five nods in her inaugural season on the Hill. 

Kramer has most recently been named an Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball player of the year finalist. 

Kramer ranks top five in the nation in five different categories including first in strikeouts per seven innings (13.8), tied for first in shutouts (8), second in strikeouts (235), third in earned run average (1.00), and fourth in hits allowed per seven innings (3.34). 

Kramer pitched a total of 14 innings against FAU and gave up just one run. The senior notched 28 strikeouts and allowed three walks. 

Recently WKU has moved up a spot in the NCAA RPI. This week the Lady Toppers rank No. 32 in the NCAA. 

WKU will play another three game series this weekend against Southern Miss. A doubleheader will be played this Saturday, April 11 at the WKU Softball Complex beginning at 1 in the afternoon. 

The last game of the series will take place Sunday, April 12 at 1 pm.