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.
In one of the wildest finishes of the year, freshman Steven DiPuglia punched a single into right field to plate the winning run in the bottom of the 12th in walk-off fashion, giving WKU (24-20, 10-11 C-USA) a 3-2 victory over FIU (22-24, 9-12) in the series finale and a one-game lead over the Panthers for eighth place in the Conference...
In a doubleheader to open the crucial Conference USA series, WKU (23-20, 9-11 C-USA) put up impressive offensive numbers in the two contests, but the Hilltoppers would surrender late rallies to FIU (22-23, 9-11) to drop both games of the day, moving the two teams into a tie for eighth in the C-USA standings.
For the sixth time this season, WKU (23-18, 9-9 C-USA) will participate in a doubleheader as the Hilltoppers get set to welcome FIU (20-23, 7-11 C-USA) for a crucial Conference USA series over the weekend, starting with the first of two games on Friday at 2 p.m. CT.