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WKU Baseball sweeps Jacksonville State

Eli Randolph
Catcher Camden Ross (8) celebrates his home-run during Western Kentucky University’s games against University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee on Friday, March 8, 2024.

WKU Baseball picked up its first weekend series sweep since February on March 28-30, defeating Jacksonville State in three straight contests.

The Hilltoppers picked up close wins Thursday and Friday before defeating the Gamecocks by five on Saturday. 

WKU’s pitching was solid over the weekend as the Gamecocks totalled only 12 runs over the three contests. 

Game 1

WKU began the weekend with a come from behind 4-2 victory on Thursday.

The Gamecocks took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI single and double.

The lead lasted for three innings before WKU took a 3-2 lead on two RBI singles and an error in the sixth.

WKU added to its lead in the ninth with a bases loaded HBP en route to a 4-2 victory.

Sophomore Jack Bennett picked up his third win of the season on the mound, going five innings and allowing two runs.

Game 2

The Hilltoppers squeaked past the Gamecocks again Friday in a 5-4 contest.

Sophomore Camden Ross began scoring for WKU in the game with a two-RBI double in the first. 

JSU responded with a two-run homer in the third and a run on a wild pitch in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead.

WKU responded with three runs in the seventh on an RBI single, a sac fly and a wild pitch.

The Gamecocks tried to mount a comeback in the ninth, but only managed to score one as WKU claimed a 5-4 win.

Ross helped lead the Hilltoppers to victory with two hits and two RBIs in the contest.

Game 3

WKU capped off the weekend with an 11-6 victory over JSU Saturday.

The Hilltoppers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first before the Gamecocks scored one in the bottom of the first and three in the second to take a 4-1 lead.

WKU responded with a huge third and fifth inning to take an 8-4 lead.

The Hilltoppers scored four in the third on two RBI doubles, a sac fly and an RBI single. Followed by three RBI singles in the fifth inning.

JSU scored individual runs in the sixth and eighth innings, but WKU capped off an 11-6 victory with two RBI doubles and an RBI groundout in the ninth.

Junior Brady Browning helped lead WKU to victory with four hits, two runs and three RBIs in the contest. 

WKU will head to Nashville, TN April 7 to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores at 6 p.m. CT.

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