WMU Softball Falls to Akron, 4-2
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Broncos suffered a series sweeps at the hand of Akron, falling to the Zips, 4-2, in Sunday's finale at Fran Ebert Field.
WMU fell behind early as Akron hit two home runs in the top of the first to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Shawna Hocstetler is the first opposing batter to hit a home run to lead off a game against Western Michigan this season. Rachel Ratcliffe belted her second home run of the series later in the inning.
Both teams would each score one more run, both unearned. Akron's came on a throwing error at second base and WMU's came with two errors at shortstop on the same play.
Western Michigan brought its 9-1-2 hitters to the plate in the bottom of the seventh but a pair of ground outs and a strikeout ended the attempt at a rally.
WMU will host seven games over the next six days, welcoming Valparaiso on Tuesday for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. WMU then welcomes Notre Dame on May 1 as a make up for the original March 27 date. Game time is 4 p.m. The Broncos close out the regular season with a twinbill against Bowling Green on Friday (1/3 p.m.) and two games against Toledo on Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).