Aikey inches closer to all-time strikeout record

WKU pitcher Kelsey Aikey (12) throws out a strike against Indiana state university on Feb 27, 2021 at the WKU softball field. The Hilltoppers defeated the sycamore 6-0 in the Hilltopper Classic to get their first at home victory.

Jake Moore

WKU Softball redshirt senior Kelsey Aikey earned her 500th strikeout on Sunday during the Hilltoppers’ 9-2 victory over Valparaiso.

The Cedar Falls, Iowa native has amassed 504 strikeouts in her collegiate career and has averaged 115.5 strikeouts per year from 2017-2020. 

Aikey is now 58 strikeouts away from tying WKU alum Emily Rosseau for most strikeouts in program history with 562. Rousseau set the record during her senior year back in 2014. 

The Lady Toppers will be back in action Wednesday at the WKU Softball Complex with a matchup against Kentucky. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

Softball beat reporter Jake Moore can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @Charles_JMoore.