RICHMOND, Va. - The Hilltoppers used a four-run eighth inning to erase a 4-3 deficit and overtake VCU, eventually beating the Rams, 9-4, Sunday afternoon in Richmond, Va. The win completes a stretch of 15 games in 20 days for WKU and moves its record to 16-5 on the season. The Hilltoppers went 11-4 in the 15-game span, logging their ninth comeback win of the season with Sunday's come-from-behind victory. VCU is now 9-10 and has lost six in a row.
Matt Rice was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI. He also hit his sixth home run of the season. For the week, Rice went 14-for-26 (.538) at the plate with seven doubles, two home runs and 13 RBI. Jared Andreoli was 2-for-4 with two runs, and Casey Dykes, Jake Wells and Kory Petri also had two hits each. Petri also hit his first career home run.
Tanner Perkins worked five innings and allowed six hits and three earned runs, walking nobody and battling to a no-decision. Craig Stem, Brian Edelen, Tyler Gilliland and Rye Davis pitched the final four innings of the game, giving up only three hits and no runs. Edelen earned his second win of the week and third of the season with his relief effort.
Matt Payton was 0-for-4 with a walk, ending his career-long 18-game hitting streak. The streak was tied for the10th-longest in school history.
WKU has won 13 of its last 14 weekend games and seven of its last eight overall. With Sunday's victory, WKU has now logged three separate winning streaks of at least three games.
Up Next: The Hilltoppers head to Murray, Ky., for a Wednesday afternoon game against Murray State. The contest will be the ninth game in the last 10 on the road for WKU. After that, WKU returns to Nick Denes Field for the first game of a three-game Sun Belt Conference series against ULM on Friday night.