Post Game: Tops 6 – UNC Asheville 4


Mike Clark – College Heights Herald

Well, the baseball Hilltoppers sure do like to keep things interesting.

Game two of the three game series between WKU and UNC-Ashville was about as interesting as last night’s. Unlike yesterday, the Tops captured the lead and never let go. Western scored two runs in the 3rd inning, one in the 5th, two in the 7th, and one in the 8th to take game two by a  6-4 score. For UNCA, it took them until an 8th inning two out rally to put runs on the board. The Bulldogs wouldn’t give into WKU’s demands, as they had a runner walked in on a bases loaded. They then hit and RBI double and proceeded to hit and RBI single to bring them with in a single run. Following that, the Hilltoppers hit an RBI single in the 8th and held on for the win.

Western had to rely on a myriad of pitchers as 6 separate players in red took the mound. Austin Clay got the start and had his best game in his career, as he pitched 5 innings, allowed 3 hits and surrendered no runs. Tate Glasscock was the 3rd pitcher brought in, and allowed 3 runs on 2 hits and walked a batter in that bases loaded situation. The final pitcher to seal the win for WKU was again Ian Tompkins. After throwing 4 straight balls on his first four pitches, he warmed up only allowing one hit and struck out the side on just 19 pitches.

For UNC-Asheville, they had 5 pitchers come in. Ethan Steible allowed 4 runs on 9 hits and only struck out two batters (which matched the Bulldogs’ entire staff’s total from yesterday). Spencer Orr was the only pitcher who didn’t finish an inning, as he only tossed 7 pitches, faced two batters, and allowed a hit and a run to cross the plate.

Western will look to sweep the weekend series as they face UNCA at 1 at Nick Dennes Field. Fletcher will be live tweeting the game, so follow along on twitter. Tonight Marcus will have your men’s basketball coverage as they take on Louisiana Monroe at 7 p.m. inside Diddle Arena.

Like always, y’all have a save and pleasant evening and GO TOPS!