NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Behind an eight-run second inning, Belmont Baseball (6-2) defeated Western Kentucky 13-4, Tuesday afternoon at Rose Park. This was Belmont's largest win over WKU since 1961.
Josh Davis (Fayetteville, Ga.) capped an eight-run second inning for the Bruins. Davis and Jared Breen (Marietta, Ga.) both singled up the middle. Neil Hickman (Hermitage, Tenn.) flied out to center advancing the runners before Dom Veltri (Clarksville, Tenn.) drew a walk to load the bases.
In his first collegiate at-bat, Austin Loyd (Snellville, Ga.) reached on a fielder's choice to score Davis. A single from Alec Diamond (Kennesaw, Ga.) scored Breen for BU's second run of the inning, bringing Drew Ferguson (Knoxville, Tenn.) to the plate who doubled to center scoring Loyd and Veltri.
Davis singled to score two more runs for the Bruins before Breen doubled down the left field line to bring home Judah Akers (Cookeville, Tenn.) and Davis giving BU an 8-0 lead over the visiting Hilltoppers.
Belmont added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth when Drew Turner (Shelbyville, Tenn.) singled out to center, scoring Diamond. Akers hit into a double play to plate Ferguson and give the Bruins a 10-0.
Western Kentucky got on the board in the top of the seventh when WKU's David Simmons hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Anderson Miller.
Veltri reached first on an error from the WKU short stop and scored on a triple from Ray Eastman (Oro Valley, Ariz.). Diamond stepped up to the plate and blasted a triple scoring Eastman, and a sacrifice fly from Akers scored Diamond, putting the Bruins up 13-1.
Dan Ludwig (Naperville, Tenn.) saw seven innings of work giving up six hits and one run. The left-hander struck out six. Blake Harvey (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) came on to relieve Ludwig in the top of the eighth.
The Hilltoppers hit a leadoff triple in the eighth and scored three runs, making the score 13-4.
In the ninth, Jessie Snodgrass (Lebanon, Tenn.) came to the hill to close the game. The right-hander ended the inning without allowing a hit.
Breen and Diamond each had three hits for the Bruins and Davis added two. Five players had a pair of RBIs.
The Bruins will complete the series with Western Kentucky tomorrow afternoon in Bowling Green, Ky. The first pitch for tomorrow's game is slated for 3:00p.m.