Bowling Green, Ky. — Scotty Colt drove in five runs, while Terrence Dayleg and Scott Kaskie collected three hits as the Western Kentucky University baseball team won its second game in as many nights with a 16-7 victory over Eastern Kentucky Wednesday night at Nick Denes Field.
The win moved WKU to 14-16 on the season as it enters a three-game home Sun Belt Conference series with Arkansas State this weekend. EKU fell to 14-14-1 with the loss.
The Colonels quickly plated a pair of runs against WKU starter Peter Wiggins in the top of the first as a two-out single by Matt Davis drove home the first two runs of the game. However, WKU came right back in the bottom of the inning as Kaskie was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, and eventually came around to score on a balk by EKU starter Chris Hord. A one-out double off the bat of Scotty Colt later in the inning drove home Terrence Dayleg and Casey Hamilton to put WKU in front 3-2.
Eastern Kentucky jumped back in front with a pair of runs in the top of the third, but again the Toppers would answer in the bottom of the inning. A one-out triple by Matt Hightower plated Troy Frazier to tie the game, and a C.J. Wamsley sacrifice fly brought home Hightower to put WKU back in front by a run.
The Hilltoppers would give themselves some breathing room the very next inning as Scott Kaskie led off the fourth with a double and scored on a Dayleg RBI single. A Hamilton single to left was misplayed, allowing Dayleg to score the second run of the inning, and a Colt sacrifice fly brought home Hamilton to stretch the WKU lead to 8-4.
EKU cut its deficit in half with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the sixth, but Hamilton and Wade Gaynor led off the bottom of the inning with a double and single, respectively. Colt then cleared the bases with a triple to center, and came in to score on a Hightower sacrifice fly to stretch the lead back out to 11-6.
WKU added insurance in the bottom of the eight, loading the bases with one out. A Wamsley single followed by a Matt Payton walk plated the first two runs of the inning, and Kaskie singled home a pair to stretch the lead to 15-6. A sacrifice fly by Dayleg brought home Payton to stretch the advantage into double figures.
EKU added a run in the ninth when a Lucas Waters double plated Tyler Barnett, but J.B. Paxson was able to close out game — getting a pair of outfield assists in the final frame.
WKU collected 15 hits in the game, with Hamilton, Colt, and Frazier added a pair of hits each. Ben Paxton (2-0) got the win relief as he threw 3.0 innings, allowing two unearned runs on one hit. The Colonels used eight pitchers in the game, with Chris Grider (3-3) taking the loss.
The Toppers will open their series with Arkansas State Friday night with a 6 p.m. (CDT) contest.