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WKU baseball improves to 11-6 with series win against Milwaukee

Eli Randolph
Infielder Blake Cavill (34) hits a double during Western Kentucky University’s game against University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee on Friday, March 8, 2024.

WKU Baseball took on the Milwaukee Panthers in a four game series at Nick Denes Field March 8-10, winning three out of four contests.

The Hilltoppers picked up a win Friday, a doubleheader split on Saturday and a win on Sunday en route to a series win.

WKU nearly claimed their first four-game series sweep with their only loss coming in an extra-inning battle Saturday night. 

The Hilltoppers put together another strong offensive weekend, scoring 29 runs over four contests. 

Junior Brady Browning had an unbelievable weekend at the plate hitting homers in each of the first three contests and recording four hits in the final game.

Game 1

WKU started the weekend off on a strong note with a 5-0 victory on Friday.

The majority of the Hilltoppers runs came in similar fashion as the team had three home runs.

A solo homer in the fourth followed by a two-run and solo home run in the fifth gave the Hilltoppers a 4-0 lead.

WKU capped off its win with a run-scoring wild pitch in the sixth to take a 5-0 lead.

Sophomore Jack Bennett was phenomenal on the mound for WKU and claimed his first win of the season. Bennett went seven innings without allowing a run and allowed just four hits.

Game 2

The Hilltoppers claimed another five-run victory in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader by the score of 8-3.

Browning recorded his second solo homer of the weekend in the second inning to give WKU an early lead, but Milwauke quickly responded with three runs in the third inning to take a 3-1 lead.

WKU proceeded to score seven unanswered runs en route to an 8-3 victory.

The Hilltoppers scored one in the fourth and three in both the fifth and sixth innings in a unique variety of fashions. WKU scored on a groundout, a put-out at second by the catcher, a balk, an error, an RBI double and a two run homer.

Junior Ethan Lizama led the Hilltoppers offensively in the contest, reaching base three times with two hits. 

Game 3

WKU dropped its only game of the weekend Saturday night, 6-5, in game two of the doubleheader that went 12 innings.

The teams traded runs back and forth early on as Milwaukee scored individual runs in the third and fourth and Browning launched a two-run homer to tie it at two in the bottom of the fourth.

Milwaukee then scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings before WKU sent it to extras with an RBI double and single in the ninth to make it 5-5. 

The Panthers won it 6-5 in the twelfth inning on an RBI double.

Browning led the Hilltoppers offense with two hits, including his third home run in three games.

Game 4

WKU claimed a series win with an 11-7 victory in a Sunday slugfest.

The Hilltoppers took a 2-0 lead in the second on an RBI double and an RBI single before Milwaukee responded with five runs in the fourth.

WKU responded with two more in the bottom of the fourth to cut the deficit to 5-4. The following inning, WKU retook the lead on a sac fly and an RBI double, making it 6-5.

Milwaukee fought back with two more in the seventh to take the lead back before WKU scored five in the eighth and claimed an 11-7 victory.

The Hilltoppers scored on an RBI single, an RBI double, a two-RBI double and a sac fly in the decisive eighth inning.

Browning capped off an outstanding weekend at the plate with four hits and two RBIs on Sunday.

WKU will return to the field March 12 to take on Austin Peay in Clarksville, TN at 6 p.m. CT.

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