Toppers' Take Series With 6-4 Win Over Troy

By: Kyle G. Allen, WKU Athletic Media Relations
By: Kyle G. Allen, WKU Athletic Media Relations

TROY, Ala. — The Western Kentucky University baseball team (14-6, 8-1 SBC) came from behind for the second straight game to force extra innings and this time, found a way to take down Troy (12-9, 2-4 SBC) 6-4 in 11 innings, giving the Toppers' their third consecutive Sun Belt Conference series win. The Trojans defeated WKU 9-7 in 13 innings on Saturday after the Toppers' scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings.

WKU starter Shane Cameron lasted a season high 7.2 innings, giving up only two runs off nine hits and struck out three. Senior Chad Adcock worked a perfect 11th inning, retiring the Trojans in order and striking out one to secure the win.

Troy starting pitcher Travis Burge shut down the Toppers' through seven innings, giving up no runs off just four hits. However, in the eighth, with WKU trailing 2-0, Wade Gaynor belted a game-tying two-run homer into straight away center field, tying the game at two and forcing extra innings.

In the top of the 10th, Logan Robbins hit a one out single though the left side and stole second, to force Troy to intentionally walk Wade Gaynor to get to All-American Chad Cregar. Cregar responded by hitting a two-RBI double down the right field line to put WKU ahead 4-2.

Troy immediately bounced back in the bottom half of the 10th, getting a RBI double from Brett Henry and a game-tying sacrifice fly by Miles Hoyle to tie the game at four after 10.

In the 11th, WKU catcher C.J. Wamsley walked with one out and advanced to third on a Jeremy Coleman double down the left field line. After a Logan Robbins walk to load the bases, Wade Gaynor hit a single up the middle, scoring both Wamsley and Coleman to give the Toppers' a 6-4 advantage. Gaynor finished the afternoon 2-for-4 with four RBI.

Senior Chad Adcock pitched a perfect 11th to get his first save of the season. Bart Carter was credited with the win, going 2.0 innings, giving up two runs off three hits. Gaynor, Chad Cregar, Matt Rice and Jeremy Coleman all had multi-hit games for WKU, with Gaynor improving his average to .459.

WKU will travel to Louisville for a mid-week game on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and return home to host VCU in a three-game weekend series from Nick Denes Field.

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