BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Coming off its second series of the season, WKU Baseball will turn right around for back-to-back midweek games vs. Lipscomb on Tuesday, Feb. 28 and at Kentucky on Wednesday, March 1. Both first pitches will be at 3 p.m. CT.
The Bisons have started the season 5-2, including most recently taking 2-of-3 games in the Mule Mix Classic at their home venue of Ken Dugan Field. The Hilltoppers swept Lipscomb in a home-and-home series in 2016, winning 6-0 in Bowling Green on March 2, and pulling out a 4-3 victory in Nashville on April 26. It will be a battle of righties, as WKU’s Caleb Bruner will oppose Dayton Tripp on the other side.
On Wednesday, the Hilltoppers travel to Lexington to face-off against the Wildcats at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Kentucky has started the season with a 2-5 record, taking 2-of-3 in the ODU Baseball Tournament in Norfolk this past weekend. In the three games, the Wildcats defeated St. Joseph’s (16-9) and Old Dominion (19-2), but fell to Delaware (4-3) on Sunday. Starters for both teams remain TBA as WKU looks for its fourth-consecutive win in the series.
On the offensive side of the diamond, the Hilltoppers have 26 extra-base hits compared to only 15 for their opponents, contributing to a .471-to-.412 advantage in team slugging percentage. Steven Kraft leads the team with five doubles, while Colie Currie, Kaleb Duckworth and Hunter Wood have each added four extra-base hits. Kevin Lambert leads the team with a .440 on-base percentage and is the lone Hilltopper to reach base (via hit, walk or hit by pitch) in all seven games thus far.
WKU’s nine homeruns through seven games are almost halfway to the 21 hit by the 2016 club over the course of 54 games. Currie, Duckworth and Wood are tied for the team lead with two round-trippers apiece.
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