Western Kentucky lost Thursday to Florida International 23-6 in Miami, Fla.
Despite the result, Chris Rogers became the first WKU player in three years to hit a pair triples in the same game – the first two of his career.
The Hilltoppers faced a 5-0 deficit early after five of the first six FIU hitters came around to score against starter Ryan Thurston. But the lefty came right back in the second inning to strike out the side.
Western plated a half-dozen runs in the third to take the lead off Panthers’ starter Robert Garcia. Thomas Peter came up with the bases loaded and cleared them with a two-bagger to bring the score within 5-3. It was the right fielder’s team-best 16th double and extended his RBI high to 39.
After Hunter Wood singled to right, Rogers laced a liner to the right-center field wall and sprinted to third with a two-run triple. With two out, Tyler Robertson came up to bat and deposited a single to center to score Rogers and give WKU an improbable 6-5 lead.
The visitors were unable to keep the advantage, however, as FIU scored four in the bottom half of that same frame to go ahead, 9-6. Fourteen more the rest of the way for the Panthers got the game to its final score.
The Hilltoppers and Panthers get right back to action at 6 p.m. CDT Friday.