BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A pitcher’s duel through seven innings, visiting UTSA hit an
eighth-inning grand slam to pull away from WKU Baseball by a score of 5-0 on
Thursday evening. Along with a solo homerun earlier in the game, the Roadrunners
scored all five of their runs via the long ball.
Starter Ryan Thurston was splendid yet again, allowing only one run – a leadoff
homerun in the fourth by Trent Bowles – through the first seven frames. The lefty
had allowed only four hits and two walks to that point with four strikeouts on 98
But after getting the first out in the eighth, Thurston allowed three consecutive
singles that loaded the bases for UTSA’s Ben Brookover. Reliever Conner Boyd – who
had stranded 11-of-16 inherited runners coming into the game – replaced the
Hilltopper starter, and allowed a grand slam on the fourth pitch of the at-bat.
WKU (13-13, 3-4) produced a rallying effort in the ninth, as Richard Constantine
singled, Chase Larsen was hit by pitch and Colin Butkiewicz walked to load the
bases. But Roadrunner reliever Derek Craft eked out a game-ending strikeout on his
48th pitch in his two innings of work.
UTSA (13-10, 4-2) starter Karan Patel went seven innings and allowed only three hits
and walked one with six punch outs. Outfielder Luke Brown had two of those hits for
the Hilltoppers and stole his fifth base of the season. The freshman outfielder has
now produced multi-hit games in four consecutive starts.
Also in the lineup, Steven Kraft extended his on-base streak to 15 with a walk in
the third, while Tyler Robertson extended his on-base streak to a career-high 13
games with a single in the sixth.
Game 2 between the Hilltoppers and Roadrunners will get underway today
with first pitch at 5 p.m. Righty Colby Taylor of WKU is set to go up against lefty
Steven Dressler from UTSA.