BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Baseball travels to Nashville on Tuesday with Lipscomb
waiting in the wings for a 6 p.m. first pitch at Ken Dugan Field. The Bisons
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 Bisons, who claimed a 10-4 victory at Nick Denes
Field on Feb. 28.
In that contest, Caleb Bruner made his first start of 2017 and pitched three innings
of two-run ball on 45 pitches. When he left the game to begin the fourth frame, the
Hilltoppers and Bisons were tied 2-2, but the visitors scored the next five runs to
take the lead. Despite WKU scoring a run in each of the final two frames, Lipscomb
escaped Bowling Green with a 10-4 win.
Nathan Methvin knocked a career-high three hits, while Colie Currie added a pair of
his own. Thomas Peter went 0-for-3, but also walked and was hit by a pitch in the
contest, coming around to score on each occasion.
Speaking of Currie, the center fielder has been the hottest hitter in the clubhouse
recently. After slashing only .213/.288/.426 in the first 13 games, Currie has a
.423/.470/.620 line over the past 20 with a 4-for-4 mark in stolen bases, while
reaching base in a team-best 12 straight. Overall, he has started all 33 games and
played every inning in center field.
Righty Dayton Tripp pitched for Lipscomb in the first meeting, but the Bisons will
send Kyle Kemp to the mound this time around for his first start of the season in
his 12th appearance. Righty Jeff Ciocco is likely to make his fifth start of the
season for the Hilltoppers, most recently getting the nod at Vanderbilt on March 14,
then again vs. Kentucky on March 21 at Bowling Green Ballpark.
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