Valparaiso Slips By Bronco Baseball, 5-3
Western Michigan took a 2-0 lead in the first and led 3-2 after three innings. The Crusaders tied the game in the fourth and scored two runs on a pair of bases-loaded wild pitches in the eighth.
Bronco sophomore Jared Kujawa drove in a run in the first and went 2-for-4 for the day. Andrew Sohn also drove in a run in the first with his team-leading seventh double of the season.
Western Michigan was held to just six hits in the game. Caleb Caton hit his second double of the year while Theo Piccirilli and Patrick Duncan each singled. Piccirilli scored two of the team’s two runs, crossing the plate in the first and third.
Valpo starter Drew Hasler gave up all six hits and the three runs to Western Michigan over five innings. Ben Mahar and Karch Kowalczyk shut WMU out from there, not allowing another hit in the game. Mahar picked up the win, hurling three innings and Kowalczyk notched the save.
Freshman Pat Haynes started on the hill for Western Michigan and went 3.1 innings. He yielded three runs (two earned) and eight hits. Chris Bossenbery stepped in over the next 3.2 innings and kept Valpo off the board, scattering three hits. Casey Hall threw the final frame and took the loss.
Western Michigan (13-29) defeated defending Horizon League champion Valpo (20-23) earlier this season in Kalamazoo, 5-4.