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WKU baseball defeats Louisville with walk-off winner

Adin Parks
WKU pitcher Cory Bosecker (18) throws a pitch during a game against University of Louisville on Tuesday, April 9, 2024.

WKU Baseball defeated the Louisville Cardinals 3-2 on April 9 in dramatic fashion with a tenth inning walk-off hit.

The Hilltoppers hosted Louisville on a rainy Tuesday at Nick Denes Field and picked up a win against another strong opponent after taking two out of three over the weekend against Dallas Baptist.

Louisville entered the game with a ten game winning streak over WKU and a 17-4 record against the Hilltoppers since 2001.

WKU got off to a hot start, scoring two runs in the first inning on an RBI double by junior Brady Browning and an RBI single by junior Blake Cavill.

Louisville got on the board with a solo homer in the fifth, followed by another solo homer in the eighth to tie it 2-2.

Both teams failed to score again through the ninth inning, sending the game to extra innings.

Junior Eli Burwash proceeded to walk-it off for WKU in the bottom of the tenth with a huge two-out RBI single. The single handed WKU a 3-2 victory.

Along with Burwash, Cavill helped lead the Hilltoppers to victory with a strong performance. Cavill recorded three hits and scored the game-winning run. 

WKU had a bullpen day on the mound as eight pitchers saw action in the game. Senior Mason Burns had the best performance of an all around strong showing by the group. Burns pitched two and a third innings and allowed no runs while striking out four.

Both teams recorded double-digit hits but struggled to bring hitters around to score. Louisville left 12 men on base in the contest and WKU stranded 10.

The win brings WKU’s record to 22-11 on the season.

The Hilltoppers will travel to Louisville on April 10 to take on the Bellarmine Knights. The game was previously postponed due to rain.

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