Western Michigan Drops Series Opener at Eastern Michigan
The opening frames were nothing short of a pitcher’s duel, as WMU starter Steve Laudicina, as well as Eagle starter Brian Hill did not allow a hit through the first four innings. Laudicina issued a base on balls in the first and Hill gave up a walk second, and those would be the only base runners until the fifth. Laudicina tied a career-high with eight strikeouts in the game.
The Broncos put a runner in scoring position with one out in the fifth after a walk and an error, but couldn’t muster a run. Eastern Michigan however, capitalized on a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning when Mitchell McGeein hit a two-out double to give EMU a 1-0 lead.
Eastern Michigan went up 3-0 in the sixth with two runs (one earned) on three hits and two Bronco errors. Laudicina retired the first two batters of the seventh and exited the game after giving up a triple to Marquise Gill. Monty Porter took over on the mound and Eastern Michigan plated two runs before the junior reliever could get out of the inning.
McGeein hit a two-run homer for Eastern Michigan in the eighth off of sophomore right-hander Nick Bradley, pushing EMU’s advantage to 7-0.
The Broncos didn’t get their first hit until the ninth, when Andrew Sohn singled to left field and advanced two bases on a fielding error. Hunter Prince drove in Sohn for WMU’s only run with a single to third.
Hill (5-1) went the distance for Eastern Michigan, allowing just the two hits over nine innings. He walked three and struck out four.
Laudicina (2-8) was saddled with the loss, going 6.2 innings. He was charged with four runs (three earned) and five hits.
Western Michigan (12-24, 5-8 MAC) and Eastern Michigan (16-18, 6-7 MAC) return to Oestrike Stadium for game two tomorrow at 3 p.m.