BASEBALL: Tops can’t carry momentum, lose to Louisville

The Toppers could not carry momentum from Tuesday’s Kentucky win to Wednesday’s game against another in-state rival.

Louisville used 16 hits to beat Western 7-4 — the Cardinals’ second defeat of the Toppers in just a week.

Freshman Tanner Perkins got the start for Western and gave up two runs in three innings of work to earn the loss. The game was close until the sixth inning when the Cardinals broke it open with four runs off three Toppers pitchers.

Western rallied, scoring three runs in the ninth inning, but it was not enough.

Fourteen of Louisville’s hits were for singles, and Western did not retire the Cardinals in order in an inning until sophomore Rye Davis came in in the eighth inning.

Junior catcher Matt Rice had two of their nine hits and sophomore third baseman Casey Dykes had two runs to lead the Toppers.

Western also lost to Louisville 7-6 last Wednesday. The Toppers are back at home this weekend for a series with Sun Belt Conference foe Florida International.

-Mike Stunson

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