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Courtesy: WMU

Bronco Bats Come Alive in 12-7 Win Over Toledo

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 04/27/2013
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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- All nine starters in Western Michigan’s batting lineup recorded a hit and WMU hung 12 runs on Toledo, defeating the Rockets, 12-7, Saturday to even this weekend’s Mid-American Conference series at one game apiece.

Sophomore shortstop Andrew Sohn had a day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, four RBIs and a run scored. Theo Piccirilli, Steve Buglione, Jared Kujawa and Patrick Duncan (double) each had a pair of hits. Piccirilli and Caleb Caton each drove in two runs.

The Brown & Gold trailed Toledo 4-1 through four and a half innings and took the lead with a six-run outburst in the fifth. WMU batted through the order and six different Broncos had a hit. Piccirilli, Sohn and Kujawa each drove in a run and Caleb Caton ripped a two-run single. Kujawa stole home for the sixth run of the inning as he and Caton pulled off a double steal, Caton swiping second.

The Broncos stayed hot in the sixth, adding three runs and posted two more in the seventh. Sohn clobbered a two-run double in the sixth and had another RBI with a single to center in the seventh.

Toledo opened the scoring with a run in the first and WMU countered in the second. The Rockets put two more on the board in the third and took a 4-1 lead with a run in the fourth. UT scored its final three runs in the top of the ninth when the game was already well into the Broncos’ hands.

Right-handed senior Chris Bossenbery (1-0) earned his first win of the season, throwing an inning of relief. Casey Hall was also impressive out of the bullpen until the Rockets caught up with him in the ninth. He threw 2.2 innings and David Brennan recorded the final two outs of the game with strikeouts.

Left-handed freshman Derek Schneider made his first collegiate start and went 4.2 innings, yielding four runs and eight hits.

The win snapped a nine-game conference losing streak for the Broncos, who improved to 6-11 in the MAC and 13-27 overall.

Toledo starter Cameron Palmer (2-4) was the losing pitcher, giving up seven runs and 10 hits over five innings. The Rockets’ record falls to 16-25, 7-10 in the MAC.

WMU and Toledo will meet for decisive game three tomorrow at Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Hyames Field at 1 p.m.
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