By Kendrick Jackson, Advertising Manager
WLU softball returns to the hilltop this weekend for more Mountain East Conference action. Glenville State and W. Va. Wesleyan will face the Lady Hilltoppers in two doubleheader games Friday and Saturday, respectively.
As of April 8, The Black and Gold currently sits 11-13 after dropping their first doubleheader against U-Va. Wise and splitting the next two games with Concord University. This puts West Liberty 5-9 during conference play for the season.
WLU put up some solid numbers during their 6-2 victory against Concord University. Freshman pitcher, Makenzie Amend, recorded five strikeouts and only allowed two runs. Senior infielder, Kelsi Johnson, added two hits, including a double during the second inning.
As of April 8, Glenville ranks dead last in the South Division of MEC at 17-19. With a 3-9 road record, the Lady Pioneers of Glenville State will have their work cut out for them this weekend. Last season saw the two teams split a pair of games.
Glenville State sophomore, Hannah Wright, has been lights out with her 38-percent batting percentage. As of April 8, Wright leads Glenville State with four home runs and is tied for third for the most number of runs this season at 16.
Glenville State softball finished the 2017 season 13-36. With 17 victories, as of April 8, already posted for the season, the Lady Pioneers can improve on their record with two wins Saturday.
Heading into Sunday, West Liberty will face W.Va. Wesleyan, the No. 1 team in the MEC. As of April 8, the Lady Bobcats of Wesleyan are 22-9 with a 15-3 record in conference play. One of their losses came against the University of Charleston last weekend when the Lady Bobcats dropped the second game of their doubleheader 4-8.
Junior second baseman, Madison Casto, earned MEC Player of the Week April 2. As of April 8, Casto leads the team in runs, hits, and even leads the MEC with an unbelievable batting average of 51 percent.
The Lady Bobcats finished last season 51-10, advancing all the way to the NCAA Division II World Series. It’s looking like another successful season for Wesleyan as the Lady Bobcats wrap up the last few games of the season.
Today’s game times are 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. while tomorrow’s are 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more sport previews, make sure to pick up a copy of the Trumpet every Thursday!
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