Bronco Pitching Impressive in 7-0 Shutout Win Over Bradley
WINTER HAVEN, Fla.- Western Michigan (6-7) posted its first shutout of the season, defeating Bradley, 7-0, Saturday. The Broncos face Illinois State at 6 p.m., in the second game of a doubleheader, to conclude play in Florida.
Western Michigan pounded out 18 hits, scoring five runs in the second and adding another in the fourth and sixth innings. The Broncos got a combined shutout effort on the mound from the sophomore trio of Steve Laudicina, Patrick Borlik and David Brennan.
Left-handed starter Laudicina (1-1) hurled seven innings, allowing just seven hits and one walk, while striking out three for his first win of the season. Borlik and Brennan each tossed an inning of hitless relief.
Laudicina did not give up an extra base hit and allowed just three runners to reach scoring position, none past second base.
Borlik has not given up a hit during his first three appearances during this Florida trip, spanning eight complete innings.
Brennan was making his first official appearance of the season, and struck out the first batter he faced. After nursing an early injury, he saw relief action in Tuesday's outing against the Detroit Tigers spring training mini camp team, but stats were not taken due to the contest being an exhibition.
WMU made its way through all nine batters in the second inning, scorching Braves right-handed starter John Nasshan for five runs and seven hits. Dan Shutes, Jordan Tillman and Vinnie Booker each drove in a run with a hit, Shutes doubling. Tillman dropped a bunt and beat out the throw at first. Jack Scanlon drove in the other two Bronco runs with a single through the left side.
Scanlon reached on a fielder's choice in the sixth and crossed the dish on a two-out RBI double down the left field line by Patrick Duncan.
Thoma and Tillman batted 3-for-4 in the game, while Duncan went 2-for-3. Booker, Scanlon, Forton and Shutes each had two hits apiece. Booker is riding a seven-game hitting streak, having recorded a hit in all seven games on this spring trip.
Nasshan (2-2) was handed the loss, giving up six runs on 10 hits in 3.1 innings. The Braves drop to 6-5 on the season.