Rally Comes Up Short in 4-1 Loss to Kent State
A pinch-hit two-out single by Kurt Hoekstra drove in Western Michigan's only run but with two men on and two outs, the Broncos were unable to further capitalize and stranded both runners. Patrick Duncan finished the day with two hits and a run scored, while Brett Sunde also went two-for-four on the day.
Three of Kent State's four runs came off of sacrifice flies. Evan Campbell, Tommy Monnot, Alex Miklos and Zarley Zalewski all drove in runs for the Golden Flashes. KSU's Casey Wilson went six and two-thirds innings allowing one run and striking out one for his sixth win of the season. WMU starter Mike Moyer fanned six Kent State batters in his five innings of work, allowing just two runs.
The Golden Flashes struck first in the third inning on a sacrifice fly to left field by Campbell. His fly drove in Derek Toadvine after the second-basemen doubled to start of the inning and advanced to third on a fly out by Sawyer Polen.
Kent State took a 2-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning on Miklos' sacrifice fly to center field to score Campbell after he had walked, stole second and advanced to third on walk.
Western Michigan responded in the bottom of the seventh. Duncan and Sunde had back-to-back singles to put two on base with just one out. A line-drive by Brooks Beilke was snagged by Campbell in center field for the second out. Kent State went to its bullpen and brought in Eric Dorsch but head coach Billy Gernon responded by sending out Hoekstra to pinch hit. Hoekstra laced a ball into right field to drive in Duncan but the next batter struck out to end the rally.
Kent State extended its lead to 4-1 with a pair of runs in the top of the eight. Campbell came around to score after a leadoff double on a sacrifice fly by Monnot. Zalewski later singled in Miklos for the fourth and final run of the game.
The Broncos are back in action hosting Notre Dame on Tuesday at 3 p.m. and end the week hosting rivals Central Michigan on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.