WMU Softball Sweeps Miami with 5-1 Win
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan softball team opened the 2012 Mid-American Conference season 2-0 after coming from one run down to defeat Miami, 5-1.
Western Michigan allowed its only run of the day in the top of the fourth when Kylie McChesney doubled to the center field wall, scoring Katie Arbour and giving Miami a 1-0. That is when WMU's offense went to work.
In the home half of the fifth, the Broncos plated five runs on three hits. Jennifer Tschetter led off with a base hit to left field and advanced to second on Allie Carlson's sacrifice bunt. Elisha Handshoe, pinch hitting for Christina Pigozzi, earned a five-pitch walk followed by Meredith Whitney earning a free pass on five pitches as well, loading the bases.
Diana Patterson stroked her fourth double of the season to left center field on a 2-1 offering from Miami starting pitcher Paige Myers, clearing the bases and giving WMU a 3-1 lead it would not relinquish. Myers, who entered the game with a record of 7-1 and an ERA of 1.11, left the game for Saturday's pitcher Jessica Simpson.
Simpson gave up a base hit to Courtney Rousseau up the middle and advanced on the throw as pinch runner Lesy Schalk was held up at third base. Tara Buchanan followed with a walk, re-loading the bases. Gracie Barstad was hit by the first pitch she saw, registering a slightly painful RBI and putting WMU ahead 4-1.
Mackenzie Shepeck grounded out to third, scoring Rousseau, to cap the scoring for the Broncos, but Shepeck did her damage in the circle.
Relieving starting pitcher Becca Shemberger in the top of the fifth, the freshman worked 3.0 near perfect innings, allowing just one base runner on a walk, to earn her second career victory (2-0). She struck out three batters en route to the win.
Shemberger pitched well in her first home start, giving up just a pair of hits and one earned run. Despite collecting only three hits, WMU scored at least five runs in a game for the sixth time this season.
Western Michigan hosts Oakland on Tuesday, April 3, in a doubleheader that begins at 2 p.m.