WKU Baseball claims fifth straight win


Marshall Canupp

Hilltopper Baseball’s pitcher Aaron Shiflet (12) warms up his arm to come our strong during their game against the Belmont Bruins at Nick Denes Field on April 5th.

Camden Bush

WKU Baseball defeated the Austin Peay Governors 8-2 on March 14 at Nick Denes Field. 

The Hilltoppers offense got out to an early start Tuesday and never looked back after tallying three runs in the second inning. 

The victory for the Hilltoppers brought their season record to 14-4 and extended their winning streak to five games in a row. 

Graduate Drew Reckart brought his season-long batting average up to .462. Reckart went 3-5 in the contest, scoring twice and tallying an RBI. 

The Hilltoppers had a bullpen game on the mound in which no pitcher pitched more than 2.1 innings and six pitchers entered the game. Graduate pitcher Cam Tullar picked up the win in relief, pitching 2.1 innings and allowing no runs on only one hit. 

After a scoreless first inning, the Governors began the scoring with a sac fly RBI in the top of the second to take an early 1-0 lead.

WKU quickly responded with four runs of its own in the bottom of the second to take a 4-1 lead. The runs came on an error, a sac fly and a two-run homer by redshirt freshman Eli Watson.

Both offenses were quiet after the third, until the bottom of the fifth. Reckart started the scoring for WKU with an RBI double. Junior Aidan Gilroy followed with an RBI single and Watson capped off the inning with a bases loaded RBI HBP. 

The Hilltoppers exited the fifth inning with a comfortable 7-1 lead after adding three runs.

The teams traded runs in the seventh on an RBI single by the Governors and an RBI double play by Watson in the bottom of the inning to make it 8-2.

Each team failed to score for the remainder of the game and the Hilltoppers claimed an 8-2 victory.

Next, the Hilltoppers will head to Murfreesboro, Tennessee March 17-19 for a three-game series against Middle Tennessee State University. The series will begin Friday at 6 p.m. CST. 

Sports reporter Camden Bush can be reached at [email protected].