SPORTS BRIEF: Toppers host last home series of season

Herald Staff

The stakes are high for the Toppers this weekend as they play in their final home series of the season against Florida Atlantic.

WKU (24-24, 13-11 Sun Belt Conference) and FAU (28-20, 13-11 SBC) are currently tied for fourth place in the Sun Belt with less than two weeks from the start of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. If the season ended today, the Toppers and Owls would face each other in the first round of the tournament.

FAU is a middling team on offense but thrives on its pitching — the Owls have a team ERA of 3.92, good for second-best in the conference.

The FAU pitching rotation is led by sophomore Austin Gomber, who leads the team with an ERA of 3.04 in 74 innings pitched this year. Gomber is expected to take the mound in the series opener Friday.

The Toppers are currently riding a two-game win streak after winning the back half of last weekend’s series against Louisiana-Monroe but have struggled as of late — WKU had lost five in a row before those wins last weekend.

Some WKU veterans may have even more motivation to play well over the weekend. The Toppers will honor their seniors during Senior Day ceremonies on Sunday — this will be the final series at Nick Denes Field for the seven seniors on the WKU roster.

The series will kick off Friday at 6 p.m., with the second game starting at 3 p.m. Saturday and the third starting Sunday at noon.