BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — With the game-winning run on third base in the bottom of the
ninth inning, Tyler Robertson lifted one to left field that was deep enough to score
Colie Currie on a sacrifice fly and give WKU Baseball a 10-9 victory vs. Murray
State at Nick Denes Field. Thomas Peter and Chris Rogers went deep for the
Hilltoppers on Tuesday evening, who reached a double-digit run total for the fifth
time this season.
Currie was a spark plug all night for WKU, notching his fourth three-hit performance
on The Hill and second three-run game. In the second frame, the center fielder laced
his third triple of the season to right-center field on the eighth pitch of the
at-bat. Currie then scored on a Grayson Ivey infield single, which marked the first
score of a six-run inning for the Hilltoppers.
Facing a 6-0 deficit, the visiting Racers (15-13) struck in the third with five runs
of their own. The biggest blow was a grand slam by Tyler Lawrence off righty Conner
Boyd to make it a 6-5 game.
Boyd responded by posting two consecutive scoreless frames as WKU pushed its lead up
to 8-5 at the end of the fifth. Freshman Wyatt Featherston – who went 2-for-3 on the
day – bounced an RBI double down the left field line to drive home Currie, and Ivey
hit an RBI base hit up the middle, this time scoring Hunter Wood.
Murray State scored the next four runs to take a 9-8 lead, however, and brought in
reliever Derrick Watson in the bottom of the eighth. After Watson saw his fastball
reach up to 95 miles-per-hour in the previous at-bat, pinch hitter Chris Rogers
greeted the Racers’ righty with a line-drive homerun into the Hilltoppers’ bullpen
to tie the game.
Kevin Elder pitched a scoreless ninth frame to set the stage for Currie, who led off
with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ivey and advanced to third on
a wild pitch with Robertson in the box. The second baseman worked a 2-2 count and
lifted the ball to left on the sixth pitch of his at-bat against Murray State’s Chad
Gendron for WKU’s third walk-off win of the season.
1. Chris Rogers’ homerun was the first of his career on The Hill in 24 at-bats.
All seven of the senior’s plate appearances this season have been as a pinch
hitter, but it was his first hit and the team’s second dinger in such a situation
this season. Wyatt Featherston had WKU’s first pinch-hit long ball Feb. 26 vs.
Jacksonville State, a two-run shot which was also his first-career homerun.
2. Thomas Peter hit his seventh long ball of the season to cap the Hilltoppers’
six-run second inning against Racers’ starter John Lollar. With that homerun,
Peter surpassed a team-high of six in 2016 by Steven Kraft, as well as WKU’s 22nd
dinger in 2017, which eclipsed the 21 total the team hit last year.
3. By out-hitting Murray State 14-to-11, WKU improved to 7-0 when amassing more
hits than their opponents this season. The Hilltoppers are now 5-2 when slugging
multiple homeruns in a game and 2-1 in midweek contests played at Nick Denes
Play of the Day
With WKU leading 8-7 in the top of the sixth, Murray State second baseman Kipp Moore
hit a double off the left-field wall with runners on first and second. Playing left
field for the first time this year, Wyatt Featherston grabbed the deflection and
threw to shortstop/cut-off man Kevin Lambert, who relayed to catcher Hunter Wood to
hose Aaron Bence at the plate, as he tried to get all the way around from first.
Although the Racers tied the game, 8-8, with Jaron Robinson scoring from second, the
9-6-2 out ended the frame and prevented the visitors from going ahead.
What’s Up Next
The Hilltoppers (10-20, 3-6) travel to San Antonio to take on UTSA for their second
Conference USA away series of the season. The three-game set will be from Friday,
April 7 to Sunday, April 9 at Roadrunner Field. WKU has a 5-1 all-time record
against UTSA, including a sweep in Bowling Green last year. The Roadrunners (14-13,
4-5) lost to Texas A&M Corpus Christi by a score of 5-2 on Tuesday night and play
Prairie View A&M at home Wednesday.
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