WKU extends winning streak to four with win over UK

Austin Lanter

The WKU baseball team defeated the No. 8 Kentucky Wildcats Tuesday 6-3 to extend its winning streak to four games after a series sweep of Middle Tennessee this past weekend.

The win also marks the fifth time in six tries that the Toppers have topped the Wildcats as well as the fifth time in six years they have defeat an SEC school.

With the win, WKU moved to 11-9 on the season while UK fell to 16-4. The win is also the seventh win in the last nine games for the Topperss.

WKU wasted no time taking the lead, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. After walking the first two batters, the UK pitcher Kyle Cody settled down, striking out the next two. However, Cody then allowed three straight singles, which plated three run for the Tops.

Senior infielder Ryan Huck got the first single, along with an RBI, while freshman outfielder Anderson Miller connected on one two batters later to score the other two runs for the Toppers.

Freshman pitcher Alex Mercer quickly worked through the first inning for WKU but allowed one unearned run in the second as UK recorded two hits on the inning. Bartley was able to escape the inning just allowing one run despite the bases being loaded.

Huck would strike again in the fifth inning, driving in two more runs for WKU and extending its lead to 5-1.

UK was able to get one run back in the bottom half of the frame off of freshman pitcher Josh Bartley, who was credited with the win for the game — his first of the year.

The Hilltoppers added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning as Huck hit a solo home run to start the inning.

The Wildcats made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth plating one run and loading the bases with only one out. However, senior pitcher Taylor Haydel was able to close the game out for WKU, forcing the UK batter Matt Reida to ground into a game-ending double play and give the Tops the 6-3 win.

The save was Haydel’s third of the season.

Overall, the Wildcats out-hit the Hilltoppers on the day 11-8. UK was also not able to take advantage of its chances, stranding 15 runners on base throughout the course of the game, almost double the amount left by WKU (8).

WKU will look to continue its winning streak Wednesday in Bowling Green against Lipscomb at 6 p.m.