WKU baseball sweeps season series over Wildcats


For the second time this season the Western Kentucky baseball team took down in-state foe Kentucky. However, the script for this game could not have been more reversed from the first time these teams faced off earlier in the season.

After the Hilltoppers were able to crush Kentucky in the first meeting, winning 12-3, they had to be confident going into the second matchup. The Cats had something to prove in the second matchup. Kentucky came out of the gates hot going up 2-0 in the first inning.

WKU would not be able to respond until the third inning rolled around. Still down 2-0 redshirt freshman Harrison Scanlon lead the inning off with a bang belting his first career homer over the batter’s eye in straight away center field.

With Western down one run head coach Matt Myers would go to sophomore reliever Kevin Elder to keep Kentucky at bay. Elder would throw two scoreless innings before getting pulled in the eighth inning when the Wildcats would add a needed insurance run off of Brennan Pearson.

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Going into the final frame Western Kentucky was down 3-1 and was desperately needing an offensive spark. That spark came at a crucial time. With two men out second baseman Leiff Clarkson came up with a clutch base hit to bring up the dangerous Anderson Miller.

Down to his last strike Miller delivered. Blasting his 9th bomb of the season over the right field fence Anderson Miller knotted the game up at 3 a piece sending the game into extra innings.

Once the game moved into extra innings the Hilltoppers kept the momentum rolling. Senior first baseman Ryan Church led it off with a single followed by a go-ahead RBI triple from Scanlon, giving the Tops their first lead of the game 4-3. Paul Murray followed the triple up with an RBI two bagger for himself giving WKU a nice insurance run.

Kentucky went down quietly in the bottom half of the 10th inning falling once again to this Western Kentucky team 5-3. This game now puts WKU up 8-2 in the last 10 games of the series giving them serious in-state bragging rights. Hopefully the Hilltoppers can take this win and keep the momentum going and keep on winning. It will also be interesting to see if Kentucky will be able to bounce back inside SEC competition.