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WKU baseball upsets No. 8 Dallas Baptist with weekend series win

Adin Parks
Pitcher Lane Diuguid (1) throws a pitch during WKU’s game against Dallas Baptist University on Sunday, April 7, 2024. WKU lost 3-0.

WKU Baseball picked up a huge series win at home April 5-7, winning two of three in their toughest weekend matchup of the season against No. 8 Dallas Baptist. 

The Hilltoppers picked up three runs wins on both Friday and Saturday before losing by three Sunday.

Pitching was the Hilltoppers strong suit over the weekend as Dallas Baptist scored only seven runs over the three-game series.

Game 1

WKU began the weekend with a 4-1 victory in a pitcher’s duel. 

The Hilltoppers began scoring in the contest with an RBI double in the first to take a 1-0 lead.

DBU tied it in the top of the fifth with an RBI double before WKU regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run homer.

WKU added to its lead with an RBI single in the sixth and claimed a 4-1 victory.

Sophomore Jack Bennett was outstanding on the mound for the Hilltoppers, going eight and two thirds innings, allowing only one run and striking out 11.

Game 2

The Hilltoppers picked up a series win over the eighth ranked team in the country with a 6-3 win Saturday.

WKU blew the game open with four runs in the third inning and never looked back. The Hilltoppers scored on a sac fly, a steal, an RBI triple and an RBI single in the inning.

The Hilltoppers expanded their lead to 6-0 in the fifth inning on an error and RBI groundout.

Dallas Baptist began a comeback bid with two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth but it fell short as WKU won 6-3.

Starting pitching led the Hilltoppers to another victory as senior Jacob Bimbi turned in a strong performance. Bimbi went five and two thirds innings, holding DBU scoreless and striking out eight.

Game 3

Dallas Baptist avoided the series sweep Sunday with a 3-0 victory over WKU.

The only scoring in the contest came on a DBU three-run homer in the third.

WKU’s bullpen was the highlight of the game for the Hilltoppers, despite the loss. Five different relievers helped to cover five scoreless innings.

WKU will host the Louisville Cardinals in another big-time matchup at Nick Denes Field April 9 at 5 p.m. CT.

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