BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — In eight regular season games against in-state opponents, WKU Baseball boasts a 7-1 record at Bowling Green Ballpark. The Hilltoppers have the opportunity to improve upon that mark when No. 19 Kentucky comes to town Tuesday, March 21 for a 6 p.m. first pitch.
It will be a Red Out, as fans are encouraged to wear their red Hilltoppers’ gear to the game. All WKU students will get free admission by showing their ID at the third base gate, with the first 250 receiving a Red Out t-shirt.
The game comes 20 days after WKU traveled to Lexington to face the Wildcats and fell by a score of 17-2 on March 1. Kevin Lambert hit his first career homerun in the loss and six other Hilltoppers added a base hit.
“They got us earlier this year, but we’re fired up and ready to go,” catcher Hunter Wood said. “We’re going to come out, play hard like we always do and stick to what we do best, and you can expect a great game. Hopefully there’s a solid turnout over there at Bowling Green Ballpark.”
WKU started its run at Bowling Green Ballpark with a historic victory vs. Kentucky on April 20, 2010, when the Hilltoppers scored 16 runs in the second inning without the Wildcats recording an out. The hosts eventually won by a score of 24-8 in front of 6,183 fans, which was the largest crowd to ever watch a college baseball game in the state of Kentucky.
Overall, WKU is 4-0 against Kentucky at Bowling Green Ballpark and 3-1 against Louisville, outscoring their in-state rivals by a combined score of 82-37.
The Wildcats will pitch Zach Thompson, who previously faced the Hilltoppers in the March 1 matchup. The lefty threw six innings and allowed one earned run – Lambert’s solo homerun – while striking out seven and walking two on a windy evening at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The Hilltoppers’ starter remains TBA at this time.
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