BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Evan Acosta contributed his third seven-inning outing of the
season to keep WKU Baseball in the game, but the team ultimately fell to visiting
Charlotte in extra innings by a score of 3-1. The lefty starter threw 95 pitches of
one-run ball and scattered seven hits, while tying a career-high with five
strikeouts Saturday afternoon.
Acosta got 1-2-3 innings in 3-of-7 frames on the day, allowing only one 49er to
cross home plate in the fifth inning when Brett Netzer doubled in Zach Jarrett with
two outs. Of the outs on balls in play, 9-of-15 were of the ground ball variety,
including a 6-4-3 double play induced to end the sixth.
The Hilltoppers took advantage of a pair of Charlotte (20-16, 9-6) errors in the
bottom half of the seventh and tied the game at 1-1. Nathan Methvin reached on an
error by the second baseman to lead off the frame, then pinch runner Leiff Clarkson
scored from second base when Kevin Lambert – who had two base hits – rolled a ground
ball through the legs of the third baseman.
The WKU lefty gave way to reliever Conner Boyd after allowing two baserunners to
begin the eighth inning. Just as the submariner from Smyrna, Tennessee, had done
many times to begin his career on The Hill, he stranded both baserunners on a fly
out, pick off and strikeout looking to keep the game knotted.
Boyd retired 9-of-10 to start his outing with three scoreless – including a
career-high four punchouts – but allowed a solo homerun to Jackson Mims to begin the
11th. The visitors scored a second run in the 11th on a balk by Jackson Sowell, who
entered with no outs and a runner on first. The Hilltoppers (11-24, 4-11) had a
chance to end the game in the 10th inning with runners on the corners and one out,
but 49ers reliever Matt Brooks got out of it with a partially-tipped 1-4-6-3 double
Play of the Day
With the bases loaded for Charlotte in the top of the first inning, Reece Hampton
hit a slow ground ball up the middle. WKU second baseman Tyler Robertson slid to his
right and shoveled a pass to Kevin Lambert at the bag for the inning-ending
fielder’s choice put out. It kept the 49ers off the board and allowed starter Evan
Acosta to find his groove for the next three frames.
What’s Up Next
For the first time since March 7-8, the Hilltoppers have back-to-back midweek games
coming up April 18-19. WKU travels to Murray State on Tuesday for the second game of
a home-and-home, whicl Austin Peay visits Nick Denes Field on Wednesday for the
first edition of the home-and-home for the Governors. The Racers lost in Bowling
Green on April 4 by a score of 10-9 when Robertson scored Colie Currie on a walk-off
sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.
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