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WKU baseball improves to 12-6 with weekday win against Austin Peay

Eli Randolph
Catcher Carson Hansen (6) is called out at first base during Western Kentucky University’s games against University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee on Friday, March 8, 2024.

WKU Baseball came out on top of a back-and-forth offensive battle on March 12 at Austin Peay, 12-9. 

The Hilltoppers jumped out to a big lead early with an RBI single in the second, followed by a grand slam by junior Blake Cavill to make it 5-0.

Austin Peay responded with an RBI single in the bottom of the second and a two-run homer in the third to make it 5-3.

WKU proceeded to bring the lead back to five with two runs in the fourth coming on a sac fly and a wild pitch.

The Governors answered back with a huge bottom of the fifth in which they stormed back to take a 8-7 lead. Austin Peay scored five runs on the inning with an RBI double, an RBI groundout, an RBI single and a two-run homer.

WKU tied it back up at 8-8 in the seventh inning, thanks to a balk by Austin Peay. 

APSU then reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single to make it 9-8.

The Hilltoppers regained the lead and ultimately the victory with four runs in the eighth inning. Junior Ethan Lizama launched a huge three-run homer to give WKU the lead and an RBI single tacked on a run en route to a 12-9 victory for WKU.

Lizama was the Hilltoppers top performer at the plate in the contest. Lizama recorded an outstanding five hits in the contest, knocked in three runs and scored twice.

The five-hit performance brought Lizama’s season batting average up to .367 and his home-run total up to three. 

WKU used eight pitchers in the contest, all of which lasted less than three innings. Senior Mason Burns picked up his third save of the season, with a scoreless ninth.

The Hilltoppers will return to the field March 15-17 to take on Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, MO.

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