Weather forces changes to baseball, softball schedules

John Reecer

Due to inclement weather conditions, WKU will play what was supposed to be their home-opening series against Evansville University in Emerson, Georgia. 

The series will begin with a double-header on Saturday at 5 p.m. and will end on Sunday with competition slated to start at 3 p.m. 

WKU (1-1) is coming off a loss against No. 14 ranked Maryland and a win against host-school Coastal Carolina in the Caravelle Resort Tournament. Evansville will have to figure out how to stop WKU senior Philip Diedrick and redshirt freshman Harrison Scanlon at the plate, where they both are currently batting 

.375 — a team high on the season.

Evansville (2-1) is coming off two straight victories in their season opening series against Arkansas-Little Rock. The Aces also went 34-21 last season and are the defending Missouri Valley Conference Champions. 

The Hilltoppers will have to prepare for an Evansville team which started the 2015 season off on a strong note by scoring 26 runs, while only giving up 11 runs in their first three games. 

The scheduling change will now force WKU to play 10-straight games on the road — the longest road streak since 1983. The Hilltopper’s home opener will now be on March 3 against Belmont University.  

Subsequently, the Lady Toppers softball team’s Holiday Inn Hilltopper Spring Fling — their home-opening showcase which was scheduled for Feb. 20-22 — has been cancelled.  

The WKU softball team is set to return to action at home in the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic on Feb. 27-March 1. Visiting programs include Bowling Green, Indiana State, Cleveland State, Butler and Northern Kentucky.