BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Matt Rice drove in two RBI while Bowling Green native Ross Hammonds pitched a superb final 4.0 innings as Western Kentucky University (15-6) held off a game Brescia (18-10) squad 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon at Nick Denes Field. Winners of seven-straight at home, and 12 of 13 this season, the Hilltoppers are now 2-0 all-time against the private school from Owensboro, Ky. The game was added yesterday to make up for part of the season-opening series with Toledo that was washed out.
The Bearcats jumped out to the early advantage in their first at bat as Jon Troutman singled up the middle after back-to-back walks to David Roberts and Nick Borowicz. Jared Votaw added an RBI groundout to Wade Gaynor at third as Brescia led 2-0.
With the score still 2-0 in the home half of the second, Chad Cregar and Rice led off with doubles to right field as Cregar scored on Rice's rope. Wells would add a sacrifice fly to center field and Kes Carter singled home Logan Robbins to give WKU the 3-2 lead. Rice finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored.
Rice delivered what would prove to be the game winner in the third inning, singling to right field to plate Gaynor who was hit by a pitch to make it 4-2 Toppers.
In addition to Rice, Jeremy Coleman had a multi-hit game for WKU, going 2-for-3 with a walk.
Steve Vasquez led the Bearcats with a 2-for-4 afternoon.
Aaron Mayfield (1-0) came on in relief of Tyler Gilliland in the fourth and tossed 2.0 innings, scattering five hits, allowing one run and striking out one, for his first collegiate win. Hammonds (1) was stingy in his 4.0 innings of work, holding Brescia scoreless on two hits and no walks, fanning one for his first career save.
Ronney Borjas (2-1) suffered his first loss of the 2009 campaign after giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits and one walk, striking out one and hitting four in 3.0 innings.
WKU will travel to face Louisville tomorrow at 3:00 PM CT at Jim Patterson Stadium. The Toppers lead the all-time series with the Cardinals 65-55.