BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Junior first baseman Ryan Church hit a grand slam as part of a five-run fifth inning for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers to down the Arkansas State Red Wolves 9-6. Church’s only hit on the day proved to be the biggest for WKU who improves to 18-14 on the year and 6-5 in the Sun Belt. The Red Wolves drop to 16-15 overall and 7-4 in the Sun Belt.
A-State junior southpaw Chandler Hawkins was pitching well, leading 3-1, until he ran into trouble in the fifth and would take the loss falling to 2-4 on the year. WKU starter Austin Clay (Sr., LHP) allowed three runs over five innings of work to get the win and improve to 4-2.
Cody Wofford (Jr., SS) would make the most out of his return to the lineup going 2-for 5, scoring a run and knocking in three more. Anderson Miller (So., LF) stayed hot at the plate with a 4-for-5 day with a homer. Every time the Red Wolves would score, WKU would have a response.
Junior second baseman Lucas Feddersen would drive in three runs for the Red Wolves, two of which came on a third inning single that gave A-State a 3-0 lead and then another in the seventh on a fielder’s choice.
Matt Burgess (So., 1B) singled, his second hit on the day, and scored in the eighth on a single by Collin Massanelli (Jr., LF) who would also score in the inning. Sophomore righty Josh Bartley pitched four innings allowing two earned runs off four hits and two walks while striking out three to get his first save.