WKU eliminates Missouri, to take on Ole Miss tonight


The Daily News

OXFORD, Miss. — Western Kentucky outfielder and Oxford, Miss.,  native Chad Cregar put on a show for his hometown fans today with a three-run homer and five RBIs as the Hilltoppers stayed alive in the NCAA Tournament with an 11-6 win over No. 2 Missouri.

With the win, the No. 3 Hilltoppers meet host Ole Miss at 5 p.m. today in the Oxford regional. WKU needs to win tonight to force a 7 p.m. Monday, winner-take-all matchup with the Rebels.

If WKU does bow out today, Cregar can at least say he went out with a bang.

The senior was 4-for-5 and needed only a triple to hit for the cycle. His towering homer in the bottom of the second that gave WKU a 7-0 lead soared over the Missouri bullpen in right field and onto adjacent tennis courts.

WKU held on from there in what was a near repeat of its win 11-5 over the Tigers in Friday’s opening round, when the Hilltoppers scored six first-inning runs and cruised the rest of the way.

Cregar’s single and Terrence Dayleg’s two-run single gave WKU a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Cregar’s homer also knocked out Missouri starting pitcher Ian Berger, who gave up seven runs on six hits and one walk in his 1 2/3 innings of work.

WKU starter Matt Hightower took the win. He went gave up three runs on eight hits in five innings. Evan Teague then threw four innings and preserved WKU’s bullpen in doing so.

Bart Carter will get the pitching start for the Hilltoppers against Ole Miss this evening.


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