WMU Softball Falls in Twinbill at IPFW
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Broncos stepped out of conference for a doubleheader at IPFW and lost a pair, 4-3 and 5-2 on Tuesday afternoon.
WMU jumped out 2-0 in the top of the first when Tara Buchanan belted her 16th career home run over the center field wall, scoring Diana Patterson who reached on a single to left field. Buchanan's eighth home run of the season matches her career high set in 2011 and is two away from matching Lexi Jager's single-season record.
Patterson led all Broncos at the plate, going 4-for-7 (.571). Buchanan went 4-for-8 (.500) with a pair of runs scored and three RBIs.
The Mastadons scored a run in the home half of the third and two more in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead but the Broncos tied the score in the top of the sixth. Buchanan recorded an infield single and advanced to second on Courtney Rousseau's sacrifice bunt. She reached third on a fielder's choice and and scored on Jennifer Tschetter's single down the left field line.
IPFW was down to its last out with Meredith Whitney in the circle in the seventh. A bunt single, hit batter and a single to right field ended the game in regulation in favor of the Mastadons. Whitney struck out nine batters in the loss.
Western Michigan scored first again in game two of the doubleheader. Gracie Barstad, who went 3-for-4 in the nightcap, hit her first home run of the season, 11th of her career, over the left field wall for WMU's 1-0 lead.
IPFW's offense laid dormant until the fourth when the Mastadons plated four runs with one swing of the bat accounting for three tallies.
WMU cut the lead in half in the fifth. Barstad led off the frame with an infield single. Patterson followed with a base hit up the middle and Buchanan brought Barstad with a single to right field. IPFW took back its three-run lead with a run in the home half of the fifth.
The Bronco offense managed only an Allie Carlson infield single with one out in the sixth the rest of the way.
Western Michigan returns to its Mid-American Conference schedule with a doubleheader at Akron (April 20) and a two-game series at Ohio (April 21-22).