BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Baseball travels to Clarksville on Tuesday with Austin Peay
waiting in the wings for a 6 p.m. first pitch at Raymond C. Hand Park. The Governors
represent 1-of-6 home-and-home midweek matchups with schools in Tennessee or
in-state opponents in Kentucky.
In another Volunteer State two-game matchup, the Hilltoppers evened up their series
with Belmont with a 3-2 home victory March 7 after losing to the Bruins in Nashville
by a score of 11-3 in the team’s first midweek matchup of the season Feb. 22. WKU
will look to do the same to the Governors, who claimed a 7-3 victory at Nick Denes
Field on April 19.
In that contest, Bailey Sutton made his first start of 2017 and allowed two runs in
three innings on 69 pitches. He ended his outing with a scoreless third frame while
striking out the Austin Peay side.
The Governors took a 7-0 lead going into the bottom of the seventh, when the
Hilltoppers added a pair on back-to-back doubles by Hunter Wood and Chris Rogers,
then an RBI single by Grayson Ivey with two outs. Colie Currie led off the eighth
inning with his team-best fifth triple of the year and scored on a Steven Kraft base
hit to center field.
Lefty John Sparks started for the Governors and pitched four shutout innings. He was
relieved by righty Tyler Thompson, who threw three innings and allowed the first two
WKU runs. It will be Thompson who gets the initial nod for Austin Peay in the second
meeting, while the Hilltoppers starter remains TBA at this time.
Over the past seven games, shortstop Kevin Lambert is slashing a team-best
.429/.455/.524 with a triple and a 1-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The freshman is
1-of-2 players (with Currie) to start all 41 games so far this season.
During his team season-high 10-game hit streak that ended during the second game of
the Rice doubleheader Saturday night, Hunter Wood slashed .378/.452/.568 with four
extra-base hits, five walks and two stolen bases. The senior catcher is a Johnny
Bench Award Watch List member.
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