BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Colie Currie’s two-out action in the eighth inning led to the
tie-breaking run in WKU Baseball’s 7-6 victory over Florida Atlantic on Senior Day.
After singling in a tie contest, the center fielder stole second and scampered home
after a pair of Owls’ errors, giving the Hilltoppers a Conference USA series win.
All six senior position players started for WKU, combining to go 7-for-21 at the
plate. Thomas Peter added a walk and hit by pitch for that group, which scored three
and drove in five on the afternoon.
Just like Saturday’s game, the Hilltoppers got down 4-0 after three innings. But
relievers Bailey Sutton, Evan Acosta and Conner Boyd were able to strand 11 Owls in
the first four innings to keep WKU within reach.
The Hilltoppers scored one in the fourth, three in the fifth and another two in the
sixth to take a 6-4 lead going into the eighth frame. Boyd came in during the fourth
inning and put up four consecutive zeroes to settle down the FAU offense.
Still, the visitors started that top of the eighth with back-to-back doubles that
chased the submariner for Ben Morrison with the lead down to 6-5. A wild pitch by
Morrison ended up scoring the Owls’ tying run, Stephen Kerr, from third base after a
Stepping to the plate with two outs in the eighth, Currie slapped a single through
the six-hole for his third hit of the day. With a 1-1 count on the next hitter,
Hunter Wood, Currie stole second and took third base when the catcher’s throw went
into center field. After another errant throw, the Jackson, Tennessee, native dove
head-first through home plate to score uncontested.
Morrison worked a clean ninth inning – including a strikeout on a 92-MPH fastball –
to clinch the one-run win and the series for the Hilltoppers.
1. “All weekend we played very well and today we played with no worries. I got
the steal sign so I was trying to get a good jump, then they threw it away and I
just tried to get home. If you keep your head up, good things happen.” – CF Colie
2. “It was a fun game to be a part of, we had some opportunities and we took
advantage of them. It felt like old times, I’m glad to be back out there. Every
week I get stronger and maybe more in the groove.” – RHP Ben Morrison
3. “I’m just proud of our seniors. All of those guys who played today gave us
everything they had and they deserve it. They’ve been the cornerstone of this
program, they’re the guys who held it together this year and I’m proud of each and
every one of them.” – HC John Pawlowski
1. Colie Currie notched WKU’s 25th three-hit performance of the year, which was
his team-best sixth such game. He tied Thomas Peter with his 18th multi-hit
contest. Leiff Clarkson, Kevin Lambert and Hunter Wood also contributed two base
2. Four complete innings and 63 total pitches on the day were career-high marks
for Conner Boyd. The righty helped the Hilltoppers strand 17 Owls, which was a
season high for both FAU and any of the previous 51 opponents for WKU.
3. The Hilltoppers improved to 8-6 in pinstripe tops, compared to 8-30 in all
other jerseys. It was the team’s second win on Sunday, the other one coming March
26 in a 4-2 game at Middle Tennessee in WKU’s other C-USA series victory.
What’s Up Next
With Sunday’s game as the finale at Nick Denes Field, the last C-USA series of 2017
will take place May 18-20 at FIU. The Thursday, Friday and Saturday contests in
Miami are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 a.m. CT.
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