WKU loses another by one run, falling 7-6 to APSU

Austin Lanter

WKU lost its fourth one-run game of the season Wednesday night, falling 7-6 to Austin Peay in Clarksville, Tenn.

Freshman pitcher Josh Bartley got off to a rough start in his second career start for WKU, allowing three hits and three runs in the first inning. One of those three runs was unearned due to a throwing error by Bartley.

However, the Toppers were able to get a couple of the runs back in the second inning. After getting a couple of men on base, freshman outfielder Trevor Lowe singled to left field to drive home two runs in his first career at-bat.

WKU tied the game in the third inning, courtesy of an RBI by freshman outfielder Anderson Miller.

The Governors broke the tie in the bottom of the inning plating two runs to take a 5-3 lead.

The very next inning, junior outfielder Regan Flaherty blasted his first home run of the season, a three-run shot to right field to give the Hilltoppers their first lead of the game at 6-5.

WKU took the lead into the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Governors were able to score two runs off junior pitcher Jake Thompson and take the one run lead, which would prove to be the difference.

The win was the first for Austin Peay against WKU since the 2009 season – it was also the 149th all-time game between the two teams.

Seven total pitchers took the mound for the Toppers Wednesday, with Thompson earning the loss and falling to 1-3 on the season.

The seven pitchers combined to strike out 11 batters in the game.

The WKU pitching staff as a whole entered the game with an average of 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, the top mark in all of Division I baseball.

WKU will return home this weekend for a three game set against Virginia Military Institute. Game one of the series will be at 3 p.m. at Nick Denes Field. The series will also be the first time the schools have ever played and will serve as Military Appreciation Weekend for the Toppers.