Hilltopper Softball Announces 2022 Schedule

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – With the 2022 season quickly approaching, WKU Softball head coach Amy Tudor and her staff are excited to announce the program’s upcoming 2022 schedule. The team returns 10 players last year’s Conference USA Tournament champion squad, along with welcoming two transfers and five freshmen to The Hill. Looking ahead at the season, WKU will be competing against a strong schedule of 50 games ultimately hoping to secure a spot in the C-USA tournament – hosted by North Texas from May 11-14.

The regular season slate starts for the Tops with a trip to College Station, Texas, for the Texas A&M-hosted Aggie Classic. The season starts Friday, Feb. 11, as WKU faces off against UT Arlington and Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. Day two for the Tops in the Lone Star State includes matchups against Texas A&M and a rematch against Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. On Sunday, action closes as WKU faces up against UT Arlington for their second matchup of the weekend.

Opponent (2021 record) Date Time (CT) Conference
UT Arlington (17-34) Friday, Feb. 11 10 a.m. Sun Belt
Texas A&M – Corpus Christi (18-30) Friday, Feb. 11 12:30 p.m. Southland
Texas A&M (32-23) Saturday, Feb. 12 3 p.m. SEC
Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Saturday, Feb. 12 5:30 p.m. Southland
UT Arlington Sunday, Feb. 13 10 a.m. Sun Belt

The next weekend of the 2022 season opens the Hilltoppers’ 10-game homestand as the Red and White host the Hilltopper Classic on The Hill. Central Michigan, Bellarmine and Southeast Missouri State (SEMO) all visit the WKU Softball Complex.

Opponent (2021 record) Date Time (CT) Conference
Central Michigan (20-28) Friday, Feb. 18 3 p.m. MAC
Bellarmine (6-31) Friday, Feb. 18 5:30 p.m. Atlantic Sun
SEMO (30-17) Saturday, Feb. 19 12:30 p.m. Ohio Valley
TBD (1 vs. 4/ 2 vs. 3) Saturday, Feb. 19 3 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.
TBD (Champ./Cons.) Sunday, Feb. 20 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

For the third weekend of the 2022 slate, WKU will welcome Ohio, Dayton and Illinois State to Bowling Green for the WKU Spring Fling.

Opponent (2021 record) Date Time (CT) Conference
Ohio (21-26) Friday, Feb. 25 3 p.m. MAC
Dayton (21-26) Friday, Feb. 25 5:30 p.m. Atlantic 10
Illinois State (31-10) Saturday, Feb. 26 12:30 p.m. Missouri Valley
TBD (1 vs. 4/ 2 vs. 3) Saturday, Feb. 26 3 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.
TBD (Champ./Cons.) Sunday, Feb. 27 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.  

The fourth weekend of the season includes a trip to Oxford, Miss., as the Tops will take their squad into the Ole Miss Classic. The Rebels are coming off of a 36-22 season just a year ago as the Tops will match up with them twice across the tournament.

Opponent (2021 record) Date Time (CT) Conference
Samford (18-27) Friday, March 4 1 p.m. SoCon
Ole Miss (36-22) Friday, March 4 6 p.m. SEC
Samford Saturday, March 5 1 p.m. SoCon
Ole Miss Saturday, March 5 6 p.m. SEC
Saint Louis (19-27) Sunday, March 6 10 a.m. Atlantic 10

Following the Tops’ month-long span of weekend tournaments, WKU will hit the road to open up Conference USA regular-season action. Following the March 11-13 three-game series at Charlotte, the Hilltoppers will stay on the road for their first midweek tilts of the season with a doubleheader at Chattanooga.

Remaining Non-Conference Games

Opponent (Conference) Date Time (CT) Location
Chattanooga (DH) (SoCon) Wednesday, March 16 Noon/2 p.m. Chattanooga, Tenn.
Belmont (Ohio Valley) Wednesday, April 6 6 p.m. Bowling Green, Ky.
Eastern Kentucky (Ohio Valley) Wednesday, April 13 5 p.m. Richmond, Ky.
Lipscomb (Atlantic Sun) Tuesday, April 19 6 p.m. Bowling Green, Ky.
Alabama (SEC) Wednesday, April 27 5 p.m. Bowling Green, Ky.

The 17 non-conference squads the Tops will play in 2021 represent nine different leagues.

Returning from the shortened 2020 season, all Conference USA series will switch to a three-game series played over a three-day span.

WKU’s conference schedule includes traveling to Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, UAB and Southern Miss, while the Hilltoppers will host UTEP, FIU, Marshall and Middle Tennessee.

Conference USA Series

Opponent (2021 record) Date (Fri. – Sun.) Time (CT) Location
Charlotte (31-19) March 11-13 4 p.m./Noon/11 a.m. Charlotte, N.C.
UTEP (11-26) March 18-20 6 p.m./ 1 p.m./1 p.m. Bowling Green, Ky.
Florida Atlantic (12-35) March 25-27 5 p.m./3 p.m./Noon Boca Raton, Fla.
FIU (14-26 April 1-3 6 p.m./ 1 p.m./1 p.m. Bowling Green, Ky.
UAB (31-19) April 8-10 6 p.m./ 1 p.m./1 p.m. Birmingham, Ala.
Marshall (20-12) April 22-24 6 p.m./ 1 p.m./1 p.m. Bowling Green, Ky.
Southern Miss (22-31) April 29 – May 1 6 p.m./ 1 p.m./Noon Hattiesburg, Miss.
Middle Tennessee (26-22) May 6-8 6 p.m./ 1 p.m./1 p.m. Bowling Green, Ky.

After hosting the Conference USA Tournament for the first time during the 2021 campaign – and becoming the first C-USA Tournament host to win the event since East Carolina in 2011 – the Hilltoppers will look to return to the eight-team postseason event. Last season, the Red and White became the first host in eight seasons to qualify for the tournament. WKU has now made the event for four-straight seasons and has its eyes set on May 11-14 in Denton, Texas as North Texas hosts.

Over the span of the season, WKU is slated to host 25 games and will match up against 25 different teams.

Flexible season ticket packages are on sale now as $35 will get fans 25 tickets to use however they’d like. Streaming will be available for most games and live stats will always be available at WKUSports.com. A streaming schedule for spring sports is expected to be released soon.