Eagles Get By Western Michigan Baseball in Game Two, 9-5
YPSILANTI, Mich.- Western Michigan held a 5-4 advantage headed into the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t hold onto the lead, as Eastern Michigan slipped by with a 9-5 win Saturday in game two of this weekend’s three-game Mid-American Conference series. The Broncos (12-25, 5-9 MAC) look to avoid a sweep tomorrow in game three at 1 p.m. at Oestrike Stadium.
The Eagles (17-18, 7-7 MAC) got off to a 4-0 start with three runs in the first and another in the second, only to see WMU battle back with two runs in the third and three more in the fourth.
Brooks Beilke singled to third base and Vinnie Booker was hit by a pitch to get the Broncos going in the third. Steve Buglione singled to second to load the bases and Theo Piccirilli hit a sac fly to right field for an RBI. Jared Kujawa drove in the second run with his team-leading sixth double of the season.
The Broncos batted through the order in the fourth, plating three runs on three hits and one Eagle error. All three runs were scored with two outs, however, WMU could have done further damage, leaving the bases full. Booker cracked an RBI single to drive in Brandon Cable from third with two away. Andrew Sohn charted an RBI when he was hit by a pitch with the bags full.
Freshman Pat Haynes spelled Schneider with one away and the sacks full again in the sixth and side-stepped another possible big inning for EMU with a 6-3 inning double-play.
Eastern Michigan finally broke through in the seventh. Russell delivered the game-tying run with one gone on a single through the right side. John Rubino drove in the eventual game-winner with a fielder’s choice and Dae Bowden roped a two-run triple to give EMU an 8-5 lead. Freshman Gabe Berman took over for Haynes in the seventh and was charged with one of the four runs. The Eagles added a final tally off of redshirt senior Casey Hall in the eighth.
Western Michigan had 11 hits in the game, while Eastern Michigan had 12. The Broncos committed four errors in the field, resulting in two unearned runs.
Haynes (1-1) took the loss for WMU, giving up three runs and two hits in an inning of work. Buglione, Piccirilli, Kujawa and Booker each had two hits for the Broncos.