BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The Bowling Green State University baseball team could not complete the weekend sweep of Western Kentucky University on Sunday afternoon, falling to the Hilltoppers 4-3. The nonconference game was held at WKU's Nick Denes Field. With the loss, the Falcon move to 2-1 on the season. Despite the loss - which drops the Falcons to 2-1 on the season - Bowling Green was still able to win an opening-weekend series for the first time since 2007.
Despite struggling for much of the afternoon offensively, the Falcons sprung to life in the top of the ninth, thanks to a two-out error by the WKU defense. Following the error, Patrick Lancaster would step in. He would strike out, but the pitch was wild, allowing him to reach first base safely. Following a walk to Jeremy Shay, T.J. Losby would hit a dribbler down the third base line. He would reach first safely, but the throw from the WKU defense sailed down the right field line, allowing all three Falcons to score on the play.
With left-handed batter Andrew Kubuski coming to the plate, WKU coach Matt Myers went to the pen. LHP Ian Tompkins would come on to record the final out, getting the best of Kubuski.
The Hilltoppers got off to a quick start on Sunday afternoon, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. After starter Trevor Blaylock retired the first batter of the game, five straight Hilltoppers would reach base. This allowed WKU to take a 3-0 lead following the first inning.
Blaylock would settle down, not allowing another run until the bottom of the fifth when a sacrifice fly would score Thomas Peter, who had begun the inning with a double.
Kubuski's double in the second was the lone Falcon hit until Losby's infield single in the ninth.
The Falcons will travel to Murray, Ky. next weekend for a three-game series with the Thorobreds of Murray State University. The series will begin on Friday.