BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - After a wild 18-inning win on Tuesday against in-state rival Kentucky, the WKU baseball team will hit the road for the second-straight weekend, traveling to Little Rock, Ark., to face UALR for a three-game series beginning on Friday.
The 18-inning win on Tuesday ended up being the longest game in Division I college baseball this season, and is believed to be the longest game in WKU history. The 3-2 win over Kentucky gave WKU three wins over top-25 teams this season, marking the first time since the 2005 season that the Hilltoppers have won three games over ranked teams in the same season. The one-run win on Tuesday gave WKU seven-straight wins in one-run games, marking the longest such streak since 2002.
WKU (22-19, 11-7) comes into weekend play in second place in the Sun Belt Conference standings, sitting just one game behind league-leading South Alabama. The Hilltoppers led the conference for five consecutive weekends heading into last weekend’s series with South Alabama.
The Hilltoppers will send left-handed junior Tanner Perkins (3-2, 4.10 ERA) to the mound on Friday, facing off against the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Pitcher of the Year, Chance Cleveland (4-6, 2.92 ERA). WKU took two of three from the Trojans in Bowling Green in 2012, and lead the all-time series with UALR 45-30, including an 18-16 record in Little Rock.