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Bronco Baseball Earns 6-4 Win Over St. Bonaventure

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 02/24/2012
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WINTER HAVEN, Fla.- The Western Michigan baseball team opened its 13-game Spring Florida slate with a hard-fought 6-4 win over St. Bonaventure, Friday, Feb. 24, for the Broncos' first win of the season.

"It was great to see our guys get off the mat after a challenging weekend at Arizona State and compete for 27 outs and earn a victory," said WMU head coach Billy Gernon.

"Our starting pitching was solid, defense was solid, and bullpen was lights out. Chris Bossenbery was outstanding allowing only one hit in three and one-third."

Reliever Patrick Borlik (1-0) earned the win, entering with two away in the fourth. He threw two innings, allowing one run and four hits. Bossenbery held the Bonnies scoreless and to just one hit over the final 3.1 innings to register the save.

Casey Webber started on the mound and went three and two-thirds, struck out four and walked two. He gave up two runs in the first and another in the fourth.

WMU (1-3) plated a pair of runs in the first with two outs. Jack Scanlon walked and scored on an RBI double by Ryan McMillin. Troy Forton drove McMillin in with a single to left.

SBU tied the score in the bottom of the first, but WMU went back on top with a run in the second. Zach Thoma drew a bases-loaded walk for his first of two RBIs in the game.

The Bonnies again pulled even in the fourth, but WMU broke the 3-3 tie with two runs in the sixth. SBU got a run back in the bottom of the inning, only to have the Broncos score in the top of the seventh for a 6-4 final.

Thoma and Scanlon each drove in a run in the sixth with RBI singles. Patrick Duncan led off the seventh with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Andrew Sohn.

In the field, Duncan made his second career start behind the plate, while Dan Shutes made his third career start at shortstop.

"Duncan was remarkable tonight, in just his second game ever catching," Gernon said. "He gave our pitchers the confidence to execute pitches."

WMU continues its three-game series with SBU tomorrow, at 1 p.m.