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WKU baseball clinches 3 seed in C-USA tournament

Adin Parks
Catcher Joey Baran (6) smiles at the umpire during WKU’s game against Dallas Baptist University on Sunday, April 7, 2024.

WKU Baseball finished the 2024 regular season, May 16-18, with a series victory over New Mexico State University.

The Hilltoppers dropped the first game of the series before winning two straight to conclude the season.

WKU finished the season at 34-20 overall and 15-9 in Conference-USA play.

The Hilltoppers finished third in the C-USA standings and will face off against the six seed FIU Panthers in the first round of the C-USA tournament.

Game 1

WKU dropped the first game of a Thursday doubleheader 5-4.

NMSU jumped out to a big lead early with a solo homer in the first followed by a two-RBI single and an RBI double in the second to make it 4-0.

The Hilltoppers came all the way back to tie it with a sac fly in the bottom of the second, a two RBI single in the third and an RBI groundout in the fourth.

NMSU regained the lead in the seventh with an RBI single and held on for a 5-4 victory.

WKU recorded ten hits despite the loss. Three separate players recorded multi-hit days in the contest.

Game 2

WKU turned things around with an 11-9 victory in a back-and-forth victory in game two of the doubleheader.

The Hilltoppers took a 3-0 lead in the first with two RBI singles and a sac fly RBI.

The Aggies responded by scoring the next seven runs of the game with two in the second, two in the third and three in the fourth.

WKU cut the deficit with a two RBI single and an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth to make it 7-6.

NMSU added one in the fifth before WKU took the lead with three in the sixth on an RBI double, an RBI groundout and a bunt single RBI.

WKU added to its lead with an RBI double in the eighth, taking an 11-8 lead, and ultimately holding on to claim an 11-9 victory. 

Junior Eli Burwash helped lead the Hilltoppers to victory with three hits, two RBIs and two runs in the contest.

Game 3

WKU claimed the series Saturday, with a 6-2 victory.

The game started off slow as the only run through the first five innings came on an RBI double by NMSU in the first.

WKU got on the board with a three-run homer by junior Blake Cavill in the sixth inning to take a 3-1 lead.

NMSU scored on a double play in the seventh before WKU expanded its lead again in the bottom of the inning on an error, making it 4-2.

WKU claimed a 6-2 victory after a two-run homer in the eighth inning.

The Hilltoppers will look to begin the C-USA tournament with a win against the FIU Panthers May 22 in Ruston, Louisiana.

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