BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The WKU baseball team led ULM 2-1 with two outs in the sixth inning Friday night at Nick Denes Field, but a two-out RBI single from Kodie Tidwell would score two Warhawk runners, with the second being the eventual game-winner, as ULM would hold off numerous WKU threats down the stretch to win game one, 3-2.
WKU would put a runner in scoring position in seven out of the nine innings, including having the tying run at second or third in three of the final four innings on Friday. The Hilltoppers would out-hit ULM 11-10, while each team left 11 men on base. The loss in a one-run game snapped WKU’s streak of seven-straight one-run wins, which ranked fourth in school history.
Hilltopper starter Tanner Perkins would throw 5.2 solid innings for WKU, tying a season high with seven strikeouts, while walking just two. Perkins has now worked five innings or more in six consecutive outings, striking out six or more three times during that span.
ULM would strike for one run off of Perkins in the first inning, but the junior lefty tossed four-straight scoreless innings before giving up a pair of runs in the sixth.
The Hilltoppers would tie things up at one in the bottom of the third off an RBI-single from Scott Wilcox. Wilcox, making his 106th consecutive start, recorded his fourth three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-5 with an RBI. For his career, Wilcox now has 39 multi-hit games, including nine three-hit games for his career.
The Hilltoppers would break the 1-1 tie in the fourth, as outfielder Regan Flaherty singled to open the inning, stole second, then advanced to third on an error by the catcher. Devin Kelly would bring Flaherty in on an RBI groundout to make it 2-1 Hilltoppers through four complete. WKU would eventually load the bases in the inning, but ULM pitcher Cale Wine would get a strikeout to get out of the jam.
Leading 2-1 in the sixth, WKU would see its lead evaporate as ULM would use the clutch two-out single from Tidwell with the bases loaded, giving the Warhawks a 3-2 lead. Crafty left-hander Austin Clay would come in for WKU to limit the damage, getting a strikeout to get the Hilltoppers out of the bases-loaded jam.
ULM starter Cale Wine would finish his night going seven innings, tossing 135 pitches, allowing two earned runs on 10 hits. Carey Taylor would come in to shut the door for the Warhawks from there, allowing just a pair of base-runners and one hit in the final two innings to earn his first save of the season.
WKU’s two, three and four hitters in the lineup combined for eight of WKU’s 11 hits on the night, as Wilcox and Ryan Huck each had three-hit games, and Regan Flaherty tossed in a pair of hits from the fourth spot in the WKU lineup. Adam Lavelle also had a two-hit night, going 2-for-3, while reaching base three times.
The Hilltopper bullpen consisting of Josh Bartley, Austin Clay and Taylor Haydel combined to work 3.1 scoreless innings, striking out three, while allowing only one hit.