UTSA sweeps WKU Baseball


Arthur H. Trickett-Wile

WKU junior infielder Aidan Gilroy (6) throws the ball from third during the second round of a double-header against the NIU Huskies Saturday, March. 4, 2023 at Nick Denes Field. WKU won the second match 7-5.

Camden Bush

WKU Baseball faced the UTSA Roadrunners in a three-game series in San Antonio, Texas, March 31- April 2. The Hilltoppers dropped all three contests against the Roadrunners over the weekend. 

WKU lost one-run contests both Friday and Sunday, before falling by five in the series finale Sunday. 

The Hilltoppers offense did not produce as they have become accustomed to over the season. WKU scored only eight runs over the three games. 


Game 1

The Hilltoppers dropped game one of the series to UTSA Friday 3-2.

The Roadrunners came out of the gate strong with a run in the first inning on a sac fly to make it 1-0.

The following inning, UTSA added to their lead with an RBI double. 

WKU responded with two runs in the fourth on a two-RBI double by senior Ricardo Leonett to make the game 2-2. 

UTSA answered right back in the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer to take a 3-2 lead.

Both teams’ offenses fell quiet for the rest of the game as the Roadrunners closed out a 3-2 victory.

Despite the loss, graduate Kirk Liebert put together a solid performance, reaching base three times with two hits and a walk.

Junior pitcher Lane Diuguid put together a quality start for WKU going seven innings and allowing three runs on three hits. 


Game 2

The Hilltoppers dropped another close battle to the Roadrunners Saturday in a 5-4 contest.

UTSA once again began the scoring Saturday with a solo homer in the bottom of the second to take a 1-0 lead. 

WKU tied the game back up in the third with a bases-loaded walk to make it 1-1. The Hilltoppers then took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on a solo homer by sophomore Ty Batusich.

The Roadrunners proceeded to put together a big fourth inning, scoring four runs. UTSA scored on an RBI single, a two-RBI single and a passed ball to make the score 5-2. 

WKU trimmed the deficit down to two in the sixth on an RBI double. With a sac fly in the ninth, the Hilltoppers cut it to 5-4 with a sac fly in the ninth. 

However, WKU failed to make a full recovery and dropped game two 5-4. 

Junior Andrew Delaney put together a solid performance in the loss, reaching base three times and scoring twice. 


Game 3

UTSA finished off the series-sweep over WKU with a 7-2 victory Sunday. 

The Roadrunners got out to another early lead Sunday with a two-RBI single in the second inning, making it 2-0.

The Hilltoppers responded with two RBI singles of their own in the top of the third to tie the match-up 2-2. 

UTSA took the lead back in the third on a sac fly. They then proceeded to score three more in the fifth on a solo homer, an RBI double and an RBI groundout to make it 6-2.

The Roadrunners added to their lead in the sixth by scoring a run on a passed ball, making it 7-2. 

Both teams were scoreless for the remainder of the game as UTSA claimed a 7-2 victory and a series-sweep. 

The Hilltoppers recorded eight hits in the contest. Redshirt junior Ty Crittenberger led the offense with two hits and an RBI. 

To continue the season, the Hilltoppers will head to Nashville, Tennessee Tuesday March 4, to face the no. 9 Vanderbilt Commodores at 6 p.m. CST. 

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