BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The WKU baseball team will return to the friendly confines of Bowling Green Ballpark Tuesday night for a 6:00 PM (CT) showdown with in-state rival Kentucky. Tuesday's game will be a Red Out, as all fans are encouraged to wear red. The first 500 fans will receive a free WKU shirt.
The Hilltoppers are a perfect 5-0 at Bowling Green Ballpark in regular-season games, with all five wins coming over Kentucky and Louisville. WKU has already knocked off eighth-ranked Louisville at the downtown Bowling Green facility back on April 9 on a walk-off single from Regan Flaherty.
WKU took down then-No. 8 Kentucky back on March 19, winning 6-3 in Lexington, Ky., for the Hilltoppers fifth win in the last six meetings against Kentucky. A win on Tuesday would mark WKU's best seven-game stretch ever against the Wildcats, and would mark the fourth season sweep of Kentucky since 2002.
WKU and Kentucky have always drawn big crowds in Bowling Green, but none bigger than the last two meetings at Bowling Green Ballpark. The two games have drawn an average of over 5,600 fans, with the 2010 game drawing a record 6,183 fans. WKU's game against Louisville on April 9 drew 2,370, as all five WKU regular-season games played at the venue have all drawn over 2,300 fans.
Tuesday's nightcap will draw a close to the second day-night doubleheader of the year at the ballpark. The Bowling Green Hot Rods, the Class A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, will play a 10:35 AM game on Tuesday, followed by WKU and Kentucky at 6:00 PM. The Hilltoppers and the Hot Rods had the same arraignment for the game on April 9.
WKU junior right-hander Justin Hageman is scheduled to receive his second-straight midweek start, as Hageman worked five innings, allowing just one run last Tuesday against Lipscomb.