BASEBALL: Finwood talks injuries, April

After playing 15 games in 20 days, the Toppers will have a slight break in the coming weeks.

Western plays just one midweek game this week — Wednesday at Murray State — after having two midweek games each of the last three weeks.

“We are through with the toughest part of our schedule by far, and the kids have done a good job with it,” Head Coach Chris Finwood said.

Seven of the Toppers’ 12 April games will be at home, and Finwood said he hopes to see an attendance increase due to the warmer weather.

Injury rundown

Senior reliever Bart Carter has only pitched once since Feb. 28 due to a shoulder injury, and Finwood told the Herald Tuesday that the pitcher is still day-to-day.

“He’s getting there — he felt a lot better yesterday,” Finwood said. “He will probably throw a bullpen tomorrow and we will see where we are at for the weekend.

Carter played March 14 at New Orleans, but he allowed three hits and a three-run homerun in 0.2 innings of work. In his first four outings of the season, Carter pitched 7.2 innings and only gave up two earned runs.

Finwood also hopes to see sophomore shortstop Logan Robbins back in the lineup this weekend against Louisiana-Monroe. Robbins started the first 14 games of the year but was hit in the hand on a pitch against New Orleans and has not played in the seven games since.

“We are going to see how he throws the ball today,” Finwood said. “He swung the bat earlier and felt fine but we aren’t going to rush him.”

Redshirt freshman Blake Crabtree has started the last seven games at second base with senior Matt Payton moving from second base to shortstop.

Crabtree has batted .265 with six RBI in limited play this season, and Finwood said he hopes to move him to the outfield once Robbins comes back from his injury. Finwood said Crabtree has great speed, and that moving him to the outfield would put another right handed batter in an already left handed heavy lineup.

Mike Stunson

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