MOBILE, Ala. – The WKU baseball team exploded for five runs in the sixth inning, using five hits and a pair of two-RBI singles from Ryan Huck and Trevor Lowe to take game one of the Sun Belt Conference series from South Alabama, 10-8.
WKU improved to 21-17 on the season and now holds sole possession of first place in the Sun Belt Conference standings with a record of 11-5.
Regan Flaherty and Devin Kelly kick-started the Hilltoppers big inning with back-to-back singles before Steve Hodgins delivered an RBI-single to score Flaherty. Lowe followed suit with a two-run single while Huck plated both Lowe and Hodgins with a liner to left field.
Huck, Flaherty and Kelly all finished the game with two hits, combining to go 6-of-14 at the plate and four RBI. Huck was responsible for three of the RBI, the sixth three-RBI performance of his career.
Flaherty now has 13 multiple-hit games on the year while Huck has 11. Hodgins and Scott Wilcox also tallied a pair of hits in the game, giving WKU five multi-hit performances on the game.
The Jaguars made things interesting late, plating a four runs in the eighth inning and a pair of runs in the seventh, but the Hilltoppers held on as right-handed pitcher Taylor Haydel picked up his fifth save of the season.
Wilcox concluded the Hilltoppers scoring in the eighth with an RBI-double to score Hodgins. WKU’s 10 runs were the most they have scored in Mobile, Ala. since 2003.
Tanner Perkins (3-2) was solid on the mound for the third-straight week, working six innings, scattering six hits, striking out four and only allowing two earned runs. In his last three starts, Perkins has tossed 18.1 innings, struck out 16 batters while surrendering just seven earned runs.
WKU also put up crooked numbers in the third inning, sparked by an RBI-double from Huck and an RBI-groundout from Flaherty.
The Jaguars struck first, using three-straight hits from the top of their lineup to plate a pair of runs in the first inning. WKU would respond with a run of its own in the second inning, as Jordan Cessna punched Flaherty home from third with an RBI-fielders choice.