Offense leads way in series win for BG baseball team

“Offensive onslaught” is putting it lightly when describing the Bowling Green baseball teams’ play over the weekend.

Forced to play Eastern Kentucky in Georgia after poor weather conditions pushed them south, the Falcons didn’t wait to warm their bats up.

BG opened the first game with a 4-run inning including a 2-run shot from freshman Randy Righter, and then added another five runs in the second inning. This led to a 13-10 win on 18 hits.

Brian Bien led the Falcons, going 4-5 with two RBIs at the plate, while Righter went 3-5 with a team-high three RBIs. Four other starters finished with at least two hits and two others had one hit each.

Starter Andrew Lacinak picked up his first win of the season throwing six innings of 2-run ball.

The Falcons slowed a bit in the second game of the Friday doubleheader, scoring just four runs on seven hits in a 5-4 loss issued to Trevor Blaylock, his second of the season.

“We did some good things early on in the first game, but missed opportunities in the second game,” said head coach Danny Schmitz. “We need to come out tomorrow and play well in all three phases to give us a chance to win a series.”

BG did just that, finishing the series the same way it started.

Despite scoring a run in each of the first two innings, the Falcons were trailing 4-2 after four innings. They were just getting started.

A run apiece in innings five and six, the Falcons tied the game before scoring four in the seventh, two in the eighth and ending with another five runs in the ninth. BG held the Colonels to just one run over the final six innings to win 15-5 on 12 hits.

Brett Fitzwater picked up his first win of the season after throwing three innings of hitless, 1-run ball in relief of starter Zac Carey.

Righter, Kory Brown and Trey Keegan led the Falcons with two hits each while Matt Smith knocked in a team-high three RBIs.

BG was also helped along in the final game as EKU issued 12 walks, including three each to both Keegan and Brandon Howard.

The Colonels also committed five errors over the three games, while the Falcons had just two.

The Falcons are 3-3 overall, marking the first time since 2008 that they had at last three wins through their first nine games.