Closing out its midweek slate, WKU (24-21, 10-11 C-USA) kept within striking distance with No. 6 Vanderbilt (35-10) throughout most of the game, before late runs in the bottom of the eighth gave the Commodores a 6-1 victory at Hawkins Field on Tuesday night.
WKU's Jenessa Jackson took home her first career Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week honor as announced by the league office Tuesday morning.
With the most draft picks in the state of Kentucky and tied for the most in Conference USA, the WKU Hilltoppers saw three players drafted while five more will have NFL opportunities following a successful 2016 NFL Draft weekend.
In its final midweek game of the year, WKU (24-20, 10-11 C-USA) will face one of its toughest opponents yet as the Hilltoppers travel to Nashville, Tennessee, to play No. 6 Vanderbilt (34-10, 13-8 SEC) on Tuesday night, with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m. CT on SEC Network+.
After one of the best performances on the mound in recent memory, WKU left-handed pitcher Ryan Thurston was named the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.