NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont University Baseball dropped a 12-7 decision Tuesday night to Western Kentucky University. With a breeze out to left field, the day was highlighted by six homeruns between the two squads. Senior Hunter Holland (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) had a hot bat, hammering two home runs in back-to-back plate appearances.
The Hilltoppers wasted no time getting on the board, taking a 3-0 lead in the top of the first after a three-run home run.
The Bruins broke into the scoring column in the bottom of the second with a home run of its own. Senior Devon Gardner (Maryville, Tenn.) led off the inning with a base knock to center field and stole second to get in scoring position. Freshman Grayson Taylor (Cullman, Ala.) notched the first home run of his career to score himself and Gardner to cut the WKU lead 3-2.
After a scoreless third, WKU extended its lead further in the top of the fourth. Four runs, including another three-run long ball, gave WKU a 7-2 lead. WKU scored its eighth run of the night in the top of the sixth after a leadoff walk eventually scored for an 8-2 lead. Another run in the top of the seventh after a leadoff double put BU behind 9-2.
Belmont made up some ground in the bottom of the seventh. Freshman Tommy Crider (Madison, Ala.) put the leadoff man aboard when he reached on an error. Holland then scored two more runs with a two-out home run to left field to cut into WKU's lead 9-4.
The Bruins continued to chip away in the bottom of the eighth. Senior Chas Hadden (Morristown, Tenn.) led off with a base hit and junior Chandler Adkins (Knoxville, Tenn.) followed that with a walk. The duo completed a double steal and Hadden scored on a throwing error by the Hilltoppers' catcher, who was trying to catch Adkins Stealing.
Western Kentucky took a 9-5 lead into the ninth inning and continued its impressive offensive day with yet another three-run homer to take a 12-5 lead.
Belmont continued to battle in the bottom of the ninth, scoring two more runs to round things out. Freshman John Behrends (Chattanooga, Tenn.) worked a leadoff walk, giving BU a base runner. Holland then hammered his second home run of the night to plate two more. Holland's home run rounded out BU's offense for the night as the Bruins fell 12-7.
The Bruins will be back on the diamond this weekend for an Ohio Valley Conference series against Murray State University. First pitch of the series is slated for 4:00 p.m. CT Thursday, April 18.