GALLERY: Slugger Series

Graduate student Ryan Thurston (20) pitches during the first of three games against West Virginia University on March 2 at Nick Denes Field. The Toppers lost 5-7 to WVU.

by Jeremy Chisenhall

WKU baseball hosted West Virginia University for a three-game series at Nick Denes Field last weekend. It turned out to be a series of two high-powered offenses. Despite impressive performances and a couple close games, WKU was swept by the Mountaineers.

Junior outfielder Jacob Rhinesmith shined in the series, going 7 for 14 at the plate, hitting two home runs and racking up five RBIs/ Both of his home runs came in the same game, and one of them was WKU’s first grand slam of the season. The Hilltoppers hit four home runs in the series and recorded 15 RBI’s. It’s the second weekend in a row WKU has kicked in 15 runs or more. WVU hit seven home runs and drove in 21 runs to best the Hilltoppers in all three games.

The Hilltoppers now have a 5-7 record. They’ll resume play against Belmont University on Tuesday.