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Heading To The Hilltoppers

Heading To The Hilltoppers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont baseball travels to Western Kentucky on Tuesday for its first road game of the season. First pitch is set for 3:00 at Nick Denes Field.

Last Time Out

Belmont opened its season with a three-game weekend series against Youngstown State this past weekend. The Bruins went 2-1 on the weekend, dropping their season opener on Friday before defeating the Penguins on Saturday and Sunday at E.S. Rose Park. 

Belmont showed good offense on opening weekend with five Bruins registering multi-hit games. Senior Cully Day (Mahomet, Ill.) had an impressive opening weekend, registering multiple hits on both Friday and Sunday while recording three RBIs and one run. Junior Chas Hadden (Morristown Tenn.) was another influential player on the weekend. Hadden registered two hits in back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday driving in one RBI. Freshman Jordan Henshaw (New Market, Ala.) was impressive in his collegiate debut, recording a hit in each of the games, with a multi-hit outing to round out the weekend. Saturday, he hit a bomb to right field for his first home-run as a Bruin. Sophomore Matt Cogen (Franklin, Tenn.) made his presence known with some crafty base running to record three of BU's runs of the series.                                                     

Starting pitchers Connor Etheridge (Springfield, Ill.), and Casey Queener (Brentwood, Tenn.) each threw six innings on the hill. Queener led the staff sitting down seven batters and only relinquishing four hits. Etheridge also had a strong outing striking out five batters while only giving up four hits, two walks, and one run. Freshman Logan Bowen (Bowling Green, Ky.) had an incredible opening weekend throwing three innings and allowing no hits or runs, only walking one, while recording a save in both performances.

Scouting the Hilltoppers

Western Kentucky kicked off the 2018 campaign with a weekend series at Memphis where they went 1-2 against the Tigers. The Hilltoppers dropped their first game before putting together a winning performance in the first game of a double header on Sunday.

WKU was led by senior Colie Currie who registered four hits on 13 at bats and junior Jacob Rhinesmith who crossed the plate twice for two runs. Western Kentucky called on several hurlers on the weekend. Graduate student Ryan Thurston and junior Colby Taylor both tossed five innings for the Hilltoppers. Thurston allowed only one run and retired seven runners while Taylor sat down one and allowed no runs on two hits.

Series Breakdown

Belmont holds a narrow lead over the Hilltoppers in the all-time series record with a 24-22 advantage. Belmont played a pair of midweek games against Western Kentucky last season, splitting the series 1-1. Both teams won on their home field with BU winning the matchup at E.S. Rose Park in February before falling to the Hilltoppers in Bowling Green early in March.

Follow Along

Fans can listen to the radio broadcast on the Bruins Sport Network. Fans can also follow along with live stats and follow @belmontbaseball for in-game updates on twitter.