Broncos Drop 4-3 Contest at Oakland
"The seven-game winning streak was nice, but streaks have to come to an end," said WMU head coach Billy Gernon. "Our goals of winning the MAC West Division, the MAC outright title and the MAC Tournament are still well within our sights, and those are overall goals as a program."
Oakland, playing its first home game of the year, came back from a 2-0 deficit, taking the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third.
WMU's Ryan McMillin drove home Vinnie Booker in the top of the first with a sacrifice fly, after Booker and Zach Thoma started off the game with back-to-back singles. The Broncos added a second run in the second, as Jared Kujawa (single) crossed the plate on an RBI double by Troy Forton.
Western Michigan surrendered the lead in the third, as Oakland scored three runs off of freshman RHP Nick Bradley, who was making his first career start. Trent Drumheller started OU's rally with a leadoff walk and moved into scoring position on a double by Tim Ryan. Jake Morton plated Drumheller and Mike Carson tied the game with an RBI double. Robby Enslen gave the Golden Grizzlies the lead with a two-out single.
Oakland tacked another tally to its total in the bottom of the fourth, scoring unearned on a WMU fielding error.
McMillin drove in Thoma in the top of the seventh with a single, but WMU wouldn't be able to manage another run in its final two at bats.
Bradley (1-2) was handed the loss, throwing two innings and allowing three runs. He gave up just three hits, walked two and struck out a pair.
Both Western Michigan and Oakland had 10 hits in the game, Booker, McMillin and Forton each recording two hits apiece. WMU committed three errors, while OU had two.
Western Michigan (14-11, 5-0 MAC) and Eastern Michigan (10-18, 3-3 MAC) open their series Friday with a 3 p.m. first pitch. Saturday and Sunday's games two and three begin at 1 p.m.
GAME NOTES: Ryan McMillin extended his current hitting streak to 19 games ... the Broncos and Golden Grizzlies split the season series, WMU winning at home, March 28, 3-2 (10 innings), and Oakland taking today's game.