Rogers Ropes Two Triples in Thursday Night Fixture

May 18, 2017

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MIAMI, Fla. — WKU Baseball lost Thursday night to FIU by a score of 23-6. Despite the result, Chris Rogers became the first WKU player in three years to hit a pair triples in the same game, the first two of his career.

The Hilltoppers faced a 5-0 deficit early, after five of the first six FIU hitters came around to score against starter Ryan Thurston. But the lefty came right back in the second inning to strike out the side and give his lineup a chance to catch up.

And that it did, plating a half-dozen runs in the third to take the lead off Panthers’ starter Robert Garcia. Thomas Peter came up with the bases loaded and cleared them with a two-bagger to bring the score within 5-3; it was the right fielder’s team-best 16th double and extended his RBI high to 39.

After Hunter Wood singled to right, Rogers laced a liner to the right-center field wall and sprinted to third with a two-run triple. With two out, Tyler Robertson came up to bat and deposited a single to center to score Rogers and give WKU an improbable 6-5 lead.

The visitors were unable to keep the advantage, however, as FIU scored four in the bottom half of that same frame to go ahead, 9-6. Fourteen more the rest of the way for the Panthers got the game to its final score.

Topper Notes

  1. Chris Rogers tripled again in his following at-bat in the fifth to become the first Hilltopper since Anderson Miller at Kentucky on March 18, 2014, to hit two triples in the same game. Program game-by-game records are available beginning with the 2005 season and no player has ever hit three three-baggers.
  2. The WKU pitching staff struck out 11 hitters - five by Ryan Thurston, four by Bailey Sutton, two by Conner Boyd and one from Jeff Ciocco - as they reached double digits for the 14th time this year. Thurston struck out the FIU side in the second and Sutton did so in the sixth. Of those 14 contests, eight have been in games started by Thurston.

What’s Up Next
The Hilltoppers and Panthers get right back to action Friday night with a start time of 6 p.m. CT. FIU will send righty Tyler Myrick to the mound, while WKU’s starter remains TBA at this time.

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