Hilltoppers lose second straight to FAU, senior day Sunday

Elliott Pratt

In a game that coach Matt Myers called a “must-win”, the Hilltopper baseball couldn’t pull through on graduation Saturday.

WKU will look to close out its series with Florida Atlantic with a win on senior day after dropping the first two games in the series. The Toppers dropped a 7-2 decision in a rain delayed match Friday night, and then dropped Myers’ “must-win” Saturday 10-3.

“Bottom line is we sucked in the last two days,” Myers said. “We were really bad today, a day I thought was the most important game of the year for us. So I told (the team) that tomorrow is a pride day, you have to do everything you can for the seven seniors that are playing their last day here at the Nick and send them out with a ‘W.’

“There’s a lot still to play for, but tomorrow regardless of what position you are in league play, I always think it’s important to take care of your seniors. The focus will be about them tomorrow.”

Junior right-handed pitcher Andrew Edwards got the start for the Toppers, but didn’t have a good day by allowing nine hits and seven runs in 4.1 innings.

WKU didn’t find home plate until the sixth inning, when Devin Kelly scored Regan Flaherty on a RBI double.

Kelly finished the day with hits in all four of his appearances at the plate. He said the team was just outplayed, and that tomorrow’s emotions will drive them to victory on senior day.

“We just lost, you know. They kind of outplayed us today,” Kelly said. “I feel like we’re still there. We’re struggling but we’ll come back tomorrow. It’s a big day for us with seven seniors, so there’s almost no possible way that we’ll lose that game tomorrow.”

Tim Bado replaced Andrew Edwards for the Toppers, but only lasted two innings after giving up three additional FAU runs.

Enter Jake Thompson, who hadn’t seen the mound since the team’s 18-inning win over Kentucky. The right-handed pitcher from Shawnee, Kansas closed out the game for WKU, but FAU had proved to be too much Saturday afternoon.

The Toppers would find runs from a Ryan Huck RBI single to bring Scott Wilcox home, giving WKU another run in the bottom of the seventh.

WKU added one last run in its efforts for a comeback with a Flaherty RBI double with one out left to decide the ball game.

Justin Hageman will get the nod for the Hilltoppers on Sunday for senior day. First pitch is set for noon at Nick Denes Field.