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MT and WKU square off Wednesday

Blue Raiders prepared for 50th matchup

April 1, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee softball team (7-28) travels to Western Kentucky (23-10-1) for a midweek clash between two former Sun Belt conference foes with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m. at the WKU Softball Complex.

WKU leads the overall series 26-23 and boasts a 15-12 record over MT in contests played in Bowling Green, Ky. The two teams last played May 4, 2013, with the Hilltoppers outscoring MT 11-1 in the two contests, which ended the Blue Raiders season.

MT concluded last week's play with a Conference USA doubleheader at Charlotte March 30. After rain altered the original three-game series, the Niners beat the Blue Raiders 3-1 and 10-5 on a windy Sunday morning.

Laura Dukes finished the two contests 3-for-4 with one double, a RBI and four walks. Samantha Nieves finished with a .500 batting average (4-for-8), while Kayla Toney (3-for-7) and Nina Dever (3-for-7) each recorded three hits. Cheyenne Willis notched three RBI on a double to deep right center in the second game Sunday. Dukes raised her batting average to a team-best .413 and also leads MT with 14 doubles and 26 walks.

WKU is led offensively by Olivia Watkins, who boasts 53 hits in 117 plate appearances for a .453 average and has successfully stolen 29 bases in 32 attempts. Brooke Holloway has knocked in 29 RBI with a .247 batting average, while Shawna Sadler has 28 RBI with a .309 average.

As a team, WKU has an ERA of 2.35 through 34 games with two pitchers tallying 10 or more wins. Emily Rousseau has a team-best 12 wins to seven losses, while appearing in 22 games with 113 strikeouts. Hannah Miniard has a team-low 2.13 ERA with an 11-3 record.

Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky are scheduled for a 4 p.m. start. Live stats will be available by clicking here or by visiting GoBlueRaiders.com, and updates are available by following @MT_Softball on Twitter.

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