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Freshman LHP Keegan Akin picked up his first collegiate win Sunday.
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Western Michigan Baseball Shuts Down Boston College, 5-3

Courtesy: Nathan Palcowski, WMUBroncos.com Staff Writer
Release: 03/02/2014
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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Western Michigan (3-7) scored in three straight innings late in the game to pull away and defeat Boston College, 5-3, on Sunday. Freshman LHP Keegan Akin earned his first collegiate win going six innings, allowing six hits, one run and walking three.

Jared Kujawa got the offense going in the top of the second inning when he hit a line drive to right field that hopped over the wall for a ground rule double. Catcher Brett Sunde drove in Kujawa to give the Broncos the 1-0 lead.

Boston College (6-4) evened the game at one-all two innings later after WMU gave up a leadoff walk and then a two-out double.

The Broncos regained the lead with a run in the fifth and then scored two more in the seventh and another in the eighth to open a 5-1 advantage. The Eagles plated a run in the bottom of the eighth and ninth, but WMU held on for the 5-3 victory.

Left fielder Caleb Caton drove in Theo Piccirilli in the fifth with a two-out double. Kurt Hoekstra cranked his first career triple in seventh to score Andrew Sohn and Kujawa kept up his hot bat, slapping a single on the next pitch to score Hoekstra.  Both runs in the seventh were scored with two outs.

Sohn collected an RBI in the eighth when he was hit by a pitch with two outs and the bases loaded.

Boston College tried to surge a comeback in the eighth inning with two outs as WMU walked two BC runners before Logan Hoggarth hit a double to bring one run around to score. That would be it though as Gabe Berman closed the door making pinch hitter Tyler Hinchliffe ground out to limit the damage and hold the lead for WMU at 5-2.

Gabriel Hernandez hit a solo home run over the right field wall for Boston College in the bottom of the ninth, but WMU RHP Pat Haynes settled in and retired three straight to end the game and earn the save.

Western Michigan got a bullpen effort from Monty Porter, Berman and Haynes over the final three innings.

“I am very proud of our team for bouncing back after a tough day yesterday and beating a quality team in Boston College,” said Bronco head coach Billy Gernon.

“Akin gave us a quality start and deserved his first career victory,” said Gernon. “Sunde is locked in at the plate to state the obvious.”

Sunde led the Bronco offense, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Caton had an impressive day as well, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Kujawa continued his prowess in the batter’s box, going 2-for-4, with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Through four games in Port Charlotte, Kujawa is batting .500 (8-for-16) with six RBIs, four extra-base hits and a staggering .938 slugging percentage.

The Broncos will face Lehigh for the second time in three days, taking on the Mountain Hawks at 2:30 p.m. on Monday.
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