WKU Baseball scores eight consecutive runs to defeat Austin Peay

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Marshall Canupp

Hilltopper Baseball’s Brian McAuliffe (5) knocks one out of the park to score a grand slam during their game against the Belmont Bruins at Nick Denes Field on April 5th.

Camden Bush, Baseball Reporter

WKU Baseball (17-30, C-USA 7-17) scored eight consecutive runs in the top of the seventh to defeat the Austin Peay Governors (18-31, 9-9) 11-6 Tuesday night in Clarksville, Tennessee. 

Freshman Luke Sinnard got the start for WKU. Sinnard pitched three innings and allowed two runs on three hits. Redshirt senior Collin Loose started for the Governors and had a great day on the mound. Loose went four innings and allowed no runs on one hit.

Junior Jackson Gray carried the Hilltoppers’ offense to victory. Gray recorded a home run and a triple for a total of four RBIs. Grad student TJ Foreman led the Governors offense with three base hits.

Foreman scored the first two runs for the Governors with two solo home runs in the bottom of the first and third respectively to make it 2-0. The Governors then tacked on two more in the fourth and one in the fifth to make it 5-0.

The Hilltoppers’ offense was silent until the top of the seventh where they erupted for eight runs to make it 8-5. Gray led the charge with both a solo home run and a three-run triple in the same inning. 

The Governors responded with a run in the bottom of the seventh but the Hilltoppers bounced back with three more in the top of the eighth. The lead held and WKU took the 11-6 victory.

Up next, the Hilltoppers will play at Louisiana Tech in a three-game series starting on Friday at 6 p.m. CT.

Baseball Reporter Camden Bush can be reached at [email protected]