BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The WKU baseball team carried a shutout into the sixth inning on Wednesday, but Lipscomb would fight back to score runs in four out of the last five innings to eventually take a 5-4 win over the Hilltoppers in 10 innings, after WKU would come back to tie the game in the ninth inning at Nick Denes Field.
Lipscomb was held scoreless through the first five innings, but would score runs in the sixth, eighth, ninth and 10th to pick up the win over WKU, snapping the Hilltoppers’ four-game winning streak. Leading 3-0 in the sixth, WKU would see its lead trimmed to two after an RBI single from Tyson Ashcraft. Two innings later, Lipscomb would tie the game, plating a pair of runs in the eighth off an RBI single and an RBI bunt to knot the game at 3-3. Lipscomb would then take its first lead of the game off an RBI double from Taylor Stewart to make it 4-3 in the ninth.
Trailing by one in the ninth, WKU would mount its comeback, getting a sacrifice fly from catcher Devin Kelly, scoring Scott Wilcox, who had reached on an error to open the inning. Lipscomb would quickly respond, however, as a sacrifice fly from Joey Cecere in the 10th gave Lipscomb a 5-4 lead and the eventual win.
Both teams would have chances throughout, as the two squads combined to leave 22 runners on base, with Lipscomb leaving 12 men aboard, while the Hilltoppers stranded 10.
The loss snaps WKU’s four-game winning streak, while also snapping the Hilltoppers’ six-game home winning streak, which was its longest since 2010. The loss also snapped a streak of 27 consecutive wins when leading after seven innings.
The one-run game on Wednesday was the ninth of the season for the Hilltoppers, which is the most in WKU baseball history through 21 games. The Hilltoppers fell to 3-6 in one-run games in 2013.
Catcher Ryan Messex led the WKU offensive attack going 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a double in the game. Messex got WKU on the board with his second home of the season in the second inning. That would spark WKU to score three runs in three innings, as an Adam Lavelle double in the third would extend the lead to 2-0, while a Regan Flaherty single in the fourth would make it 3-0 Hilltoppers. Flaherty was the only other Hilltopper with a multi-hit game on Wednesday, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Freshman Jackson Sowell made his second start as a Hilltopper, tossing four innings of scoreless baseball, while striking out five of the 17 batters he faced. Sowell’s outing was the longest of his young career, and marked his third appearance for the Hilltoppers in 2013.
The Hilltoppers (11-10, 3-0) will look to remain unbeaten in Sun Belt Conference play as they head to Miami, Fla., to take on FIU over the weekend. WKU will return to Nick Denes Field on Tuesday, March 26 to face Evansville. Tickets for that game, along with tickets for all remaining home games can be ordered online at WKUSports.com. Fans can also visit the WKU Ticket Office in E.A. Diddle Arena, or call 1-800-5 BIG RED.