NASHVILLE, Tenn.--- For the second straight night, Western Kentucky University pounded out four home runs, led by Chag Cregar’s 13th and 14th home run of the season, as the Toppers rolled past Lipscomb 9-3 Wednesday night at Ken Dugan Field. Wade Gaynor went deep for the second consecutive night, hitting his team-leading 18th home run of the season, moving him into a tie for eighth place with T.J. Freeman (1999) for the most home runs in a single season at WKU. It was Gaynor’s 36th career home run at WKU, moving him into sole possession of third place on WKU’s all-time list.
Freshman Logan Robbins hit his first career home run with a two-run shot in the fourth, one night after fellow Freshman Kes Carter hit his first career home run against Austin Peay.
Lipscomb (17-27) jumped out to an early lead off starting pitcher Ben Paxton, after Brandon Cadavid hit a sacrifice fly to left field, giving the Bisons an early 1-0 lead. Paxton would end the night going 2.2 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) off three hits.
WKU (32-12), however, would begin to showcase their offensive firepower in the third, with Wade Gaynor and Chad Cregar hitting back-to-back home runs, with Gaynor’s home run a two-run shot following Matt Hightower’s second triple of the season.
After Lipscomb cut the lead to 3-2 after three, the Toppers would tack on two runs in the top of the fourth off the Logan Robbins two-run homer to left field, giving WKU a 5-2 advantage.
Jake Wells added to the lead in the sixth with a RBI single, scoring Kes Carter who doubled with one out in the inning. Carter finished the night going 3-for-4.
The Bisons would pull within three in the bottom half of the sixth off a Justin Sanders solo home run, only to see the lead climb back to four in the top of the seventh after Terrence Dayleg collected one of his two hits on the night, a RBI single to give WKU a 7-3 lead.
Chad Cregar would put the game out of reach in the top of the ninth, hitting a mammoth home run over the scoreboard in right field, a two-run shot to put the Toppers up 9-3 and seal the win. Cregar would finish the night going 3-for-5 with three RBI.
WKU pitchers combined to not allow a single walk on the night and struck out eight Lipscomb hitters. Harry Stubel came in in relief of Paxton, working one complete inning, giving up no runs off a pair of hits. Aaron Mayfield (2-0) got the win on the mound, working 1.1 innings, giving up no runs. Bart Carter, J.B. Paxson and Matt Ridings combined to close out the game, with Paxson striking out the side in the eighth and Ridings striking out two hitters in the ninth inning.
Matt Bowling (1-1) took the loss for Lipscomb, working 3.2 innings, giving up five runs (three earned) off six hits.
WKU will return to action with a three-game Sun Belt Conference weekend series from Nick Denes Field against UALR, with Friday’s game set to begin at 6:00 p.m. (CDT)