WKU baseball: Hilltoppers look to sweep the Wildcats


It’s been quite the morning for those around Western Kentucky athletics. With news of the swim and dive team being suspended for five years, it’s a pretty grim morning on an already rainy day in Bowling Green. But, there is some good news surrounding the Hilltoppers today – they get another crack at big brother on the baseball diamond.

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After dismantling the Cats about a month ago in Bowling Green Ballpark, the WKU baseball team now takes the two-hour drive to Lexington for a rematch with the Wildcats. Since that 12-3 WKU victory, both teams have fallen on hard times. The Tops went on a four game skid and are 3-6 since the win, while the Cats are just one win better at 4-6, but did defeat the #1 team in the land at the time in LSU by taking two of a three game series.

With the Tops needing to bust the slump, they’ll turn to Sam Higgs, who took the mound against the single-A Bowling Green Hot Rods and looked pretty good in the process, allowing just one run in three innings of work. He does boast a 10.12 ERA, but also has a 1-0 record and his ERA might scare someone off hoping for a WKU win tonight.

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  • The Cats will be throwing Andrew Nelson, a senior righty with a 2-2 record and 4.40 ERA who is making his first start of the season and just his 11th of his career. He’s accumulated his higher than average ERA over just 14.1 innings, so if the Hilltoppers want to get their struggling offense going, today would be a great day to do so.

    Since 2009, the Tops are 2-2 in Lexington with the last win coming in April of 2013 when WKU beat a #23 Cats squad by a run, 3-2. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 ET/5:00 CT and will be broadcast on SEC Network +.