BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Looking to build upon a 3-3 record in Conference USA play, WKU
Baseball hosts No. 25 Southern Miss for a three-game series March 31 to April 2 at
Nick Denes Field. The Friday, Saturday and Sunday contests begin at 5 p.m., 1 p.m.
and 1 p.m., respectively.
In the Hilltoppers’ most recent set at Middle Tennessee, the team won its Friday
contest for the fifth time in six series by a score of 10-3. Thomas Peter became the
third WKU player to have a multi-homerun game, as he hit two out of the park and
added four runs batted in.
After dropping an extra-inning Saturday matchup – which extended to Sunday due to
inclement weather in Murfreesboro – via a Blue Raiders’ walk-off, the Hilltoppers
gathered themselves and responded with a come-from-behind, 4-2 victory to take
2-of-3 over the weekend. Peter was again the hero, as he had the game-winning single
with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh.
WKU will hope to continue its success with lefty Ryan Thurston on the mound for
Friday’s opening game vs. the Golden Eagles. So far this season, the Hilltoppers are
5-1 and have scored 7.7 runs per game in Thurston’s starts, while the junior has not
allowed more than four runs in any of his six outings. He has struck out 13 in his
first two C-USA starts of the year, pushing his league-leading total to 51 in only
Righty Paul Kirkpatrick will go for WKU on Saturday, as the team will host its “Vs.
Cancer” event. Kirkpatrick and the Hilltoppers have joined the campaign to “Cure
Kids Cancer”, and the team has raised nearly $1,800 via online donations on the
team’s fundraising page. The Austin, Texas, native will
rebound from a no-decision at Middle Tennessee, in which he allowed four runs on
four extra-base hits in four innings.
Southern Miss is slated to pitch lefty Kirk McCarty on Friday and righty Hayden
Roberts on Saturday. Just like WKU’s two starters, the Golden Eagles’ pair has not
missed a weekend start through the first six series of the season. Righty J.C. Keys
will toe the rubber for the visitors Sunday, while the Hilltoppers’ final starter
remains TBA at this time.
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