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Kelsey Aikey

School

WKU

Position
Pitcher
Major
Health Science

Classroom

Kelsey owns a 3.15 GPA in her pursuit of a health science degree on The Hill. She’s on track to graduate in December 2020 with her bachelors of science degree. Aikey has earned a spot on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll twice, landing C-USA Academic Medal distinction as a freshman. She’s also landed on the WKU Dean’s List during two semesters.

Character

Kelsey Aikey is passionate about everything in her life: family, softball, WKU, friends – and fully commits herself to all of it. She’s not intimidated by a tough situation, whether it be a class or in the circle pitching. Aikey’s determination and resiliency will continue to help her succeed in everyday life once her playing days are over. The Cedar Falls, Iowa, native intends to become a full-time coach following her graduation and she’s exactly the person you’d want leading your daughter. She’s tough and has high expectations of both herself and others, but at the same time will care about her team with everything she has and take the time to get to know her players and what drives them. Kelsey’s impact on the playing field is just a fraction of the impact she’ll have as a coach.

Community

Kelsey Aikey has found numerous ways to make her mark on the community. When she’s back home in Iowa from college during the summers, Aikey participates in the annual Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build, aiding the in the construction of houses back in her local community. Aikey has dedicated hundreds of hours to giving back to the game that’s given her so much. Aikey holds winter and summer camps in Iowa to help train young pitchers from her community and share her knowledge and love of the game. In addition to her own camps and lessons, Aikey also helps develop and train softball players through numerous additional camps. She’s the varsity assistant coach at her former high school in the summers, guiding the pitching staff and helped them lower their ERA by more than a run and a half in just one season. As a part of the WKU Softball team, Aikey has visited elementary schools to read to students in addition to participating in an annual Southern Kentucky Special Olympics Softball game.

Competition

Aikey owns a 2.73 career ERA and a 33-22 record across 102 appearances and 48 starts. She’s tossed 20 complete games, eight complete-game shutouts, an extra-inning no-hitter, and owns 12 career saves – a WKU career record. Aikey’s pitched more than 350 innings in her three years on The Hill so far and owns 346 strikeouts. She was named a 2019 Second Team All-Conference USA selection, 2020 Preseason All-Conference honoree, four-time Conference USA Pitcher of the Week, Conference USA All-Freshman Team, NCAA Top Performance honoree from Louisville Slugger/NFCA (2019) and College Sports Madness’ C-USA Player of the Week (2019). Aikey is the pitcher form of a Swiss Army knife. She can start games and put up zeroes across the scoreboard or inherit a bases-loaded with no outs situation and work her way out of it. College softball would be a lot different if there were more players like Kelsey Aikey in the NCAA.