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4/3/2020 7:59:00 AM | @eku_softball

It’s only been two weeks, but Stacye Toups has already seen 15 people die from coronavirus complications. She had to call the families of five of those patients.

Toups is exhausted, both physically and mentally. Supplies are running low. And she knows there are many more weeks like this to come.

Toups has not retreated from this horrifying reality. She has risen to meet it.

Welcome to the life of a basic needs doctor at a nursing home in Madrid, Spain – the hardest-hit COVID-19 city in one of the hardest-hit countries in the world.

Stacye Toups
Toups during her days at EKU

Rewind 12 years.

Toups arrived in Richmond as a walk-on pitcher for Jane Worthington‘s EKU softball program.

She didn’t stay a walk-on for long.

As a freshman, the Loveland, Ohio native led the Colonels with 11 wins and a 3.13 ERA. By the time she was a sophomore, Toups had earned a scholarship.

Read on at EKU Sports…


While at Loveland High School

Earned first team all-city, all-league and all-conference honors … team MVP … team Most Valuable Defensive Player award … set school records for ERA (0.51) and most innings pitched in one game (17) … had a career batting average of .339 … on the mound she went 28-11 with 419 strikeouts in 273 innings … earned three softball letters … also a member of the Loveland High School volleyball team.

Daughter of Bill and Mary Toups