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Broncos Head to Kentucky for Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic

Courtesy: Taylor Smith, WMUBroncos.com Staff Writer
Release: 02/21/2013
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UPDATE - WMU WILL PLAY ONLY ONCE ON FRIDAY, 12 P.M. CT AGAINST DAYTON AT THE WKU SOFTBALL FIELD.  TIMES AND LOCATION FOR REMAINING GAMES THIS WEEKEND IS YET TO BE DETERMINED.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Western Michigan softball team takes part in its second tournament of the 2013 season when the Broncos travel to Bowling Green, Ky., for the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic hosted by Western Kentucky University. 

This is the first time WMU will play in the tournament, in its sixth year of existence and only its second with Holiday Inn as the presenting sponsor.

Other teams making an appearance this weekend are Dayton, Pittsburgh, Western Kentucky, South Dakota State and 2012 NCAA tournament participant Valparaiso.

The season records will make for even match-ups this weekend. After playing in four games Western Kentucky has two wins, Valparaiso has tallied two wins and one loss, Pittsburgh has tallied one win and four losses, while Dayton is winless after playing in five games this season.

South Dakota State stands alone with four wins after playing in 10 games this season.  The Broncos have a record of 1-5 so far this season; tallying losses to top ranked teams No. 5/6 Oregon and No. 4 Arizona State.

WMU's one win (3-2) comes from an extra-inning game versus Cal Poly (2/8) at the Kajikawa Classic.

The freshmen have continued their standout performance with Melissa Palmer, Sabrina Gamboa and Caity Pixley having started and played in all games. Along with 26 combined starts freshmen players Marleen Rodriguez and Palmer hold the top batting averages on the team; Palmer boasting a .450 and Rodriguez with .364.

The Broncos will take on Dayton for the first game of the tournament at 12 p.m. CT on Friday at Buchanan Park.  There will be live stats for all games throughout the weekend.

Remember to follow @WMUSoftball for scores, milestones and pics from the road throughout the weekend.  Also, use the hash tag #HilltopperClassic.

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