Nashville, Tenn. — Six Belmont pitchers combined to allow just four hits as the Bruins ended the Western Kentucky University baseball team’s four-game win streak with a 6-1 win Wednesday afternoon at Greer Stadium.
The Hilltoppers fell to 5-2 on the season as they played the first of nine straight on the road. Belmont improved to 4-4 on the year, and stopped a two-game losing skid.
The Bruins broke the game open late thanks to a three-run sixth inning. Leading 2-0, Belmont got to WKU reliever Brady Frey as Carlo Testa opened the frame with a triple. After back-to-back walks, Frey was lifted for a reliever, but Chad Adcock was called for a balk as Testa came home to score. Bryan Taylor followed with a two-run single to extend the BU lead to 5-0. Adam Balcom came out of the WKU bullpen to keep the damage at three runs.
Belmont broke onto the board in the second when a Vinny Casha sacrifice fly brought home Brandon McCall with the game’s first run. Another sacrifice fly in the fifth by Daniel Wagner brought home the second Bruin run before the three-run sixth. BU scored its sixth and final run in the eight when Matt Zeblo singled home Nate Woods.
WKU’s only run of the afternoon came in the seventh inning when Scott Kaskie came through with a two-out single, and moved to second on a Belmont fielding error. Matt Hightower — who accounted for two of WKU’s five hits on the day — then drove home Kaskie with a single to make it a 5-1 game at the time.
Hilltopper starter Rye Davis (0-2) suffered the loss despite allowing just one run on two hits in three innings of work. Davis also struck out three Bruin batters. Dane Swainhart picked up the win as he struck out two and did not allow a hit in a predetermined two-inning start.