Tops drop second game of series at Louisiana Tech

Published: Apr. 30, 2017 at 9:26 AM CDT
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Western Kentucky got six innings of one-run relief from a trio of freshmen arms, but an early deficit was too much to overcome as Louisiana Tech took the second game of the weekend series 7-1 on Saturday in Ruston, La.

Hunter Wood had his 13th multi-hit game of the season while Thomas Peter added his team-best 16th with the team’s lone run batted in.

The Bulldogs scored four in the first inning, capped by a three-run Chase Lunsford home run, and another two in the second frame. After that, however, the home team was stymied into six zeroes.

Bailey Sutton got it started, taking 48 pitches to blank Tech for three frames. It was the longest scoreless outing of the Louisville native’s young career thus far, as he struck out three in the appearance. Brett Vansant followed with a zero in the sixth, then it was Michael Hicks with a 1-2-3 bottom half of the seventh.

WKU (13-31, 4-16 Conference USA) added one in the sixth, as Bryson Smith looped his second double of the year into center field and scored when Peter grounded a ball past the shortstop.

Hicks allowed a seventh and final Bulldogs run in the eighth, while their starter Nate Harris finished out his third complete game of the season on 113 pitches.

The Hilltoppers will look to take the final game of the series at 1 p.m. Sunday.