Broncos Down Michigan 13-6 in Final Home Game
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan put up nine runs on nine hits in the first inning and cruised to a 13-6 victory over Big Ten foe Michigan Tuesday in the Broncos' final home game of 2012.
Western Michigan (24-25) has won seven of its last eight games and wraps up the regular season with a three-game Mid-American Conference series at Central Michigan, May 17-19.
Tuesday's win snapped a 10-game skid against the Wolverines for WMU and was the first against U-M since May 6, 2003.
The Broncos' nine hits in the first frame matched an inning season-high for the Brown & Gold, who also pounded out nine against Ohio State on March 3. Michigan right-handed starter Kyle Clark (2-4) wouldn't make it out of the inning, taking the loss, as lefty Trent Szkutnik was called upon to record the third out.
Western Michigan had 14 total at bats in the first and the first four Broncos up to the plate recorded hits. Vinnie Booker, Jack Scanlon and Ryan McMillin each had two hits in the inning, with Scanlon and McMillin totaling three RBIs apiece. McMillin's first knock was a double, giving him four consecutive two-baggers after roping three against Northern Illinois Sunday.
Freshman shortstop Andrew Sohn smacked his first career home run in the second, a solo shot out over the fence in left field near the 375 mark. Western Michigan added an unearned run in the sixth and notched its final two tallies on a two-run triple to right center by Scanlon in the eighth.
Michigan put a run on the board in the second and then got to WMU left-handed starter Mike Moyer for three more in the top of the fourth. RHP Chris Bossenbery (3-2) took over on the bump and threw four innings of relief to pick up the win, allowing one run and just three hits. Freshman RHP Nick Bradley tossed the final two innings.
Michael O'Neill, Brett Winger, Kevin White and Zach Zott had two hits apiece for Michigan, which fell to 21-32 on the year. John DiLaura drove in two runs.
Both Western Michigan (13-10 MAC) and Central Michigan (15-9 MAC) have qualified for the upcoming conference tournament, May 23-26, and will be fighting for seeding in the rivalry meeting at the end of the week. Thursday's game one begins at 3 p.m., followed by 1 p.m. contests Friday and Saturday.
GAME NOTES: Western Michigan finishes the year with a 3-3 record in games against the Big Ten ... the Broncos had a 10-7 record at home, winning their last four ... Sohn became the eighth different Bronco to homer in 2012.