Western Michigan Victorious in Walk-Off against Northeastern
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The Western Michigan (5-7) baseball team defeated Northeastern, 2-1, on a walk-off hit by freshman Grant Miller in the 10th inning in game one of a doubleheader on Friday at the Snowbird Classic. The walk-off victory marked the third straight win for the Broncos.
With two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Miller singled to left center, bringing around senior Vinnie Booker to give the Broncos the dramatic victory.
Senior LHP Steve Laudicina went 8.1 innings, giving up just one run on six hits, walking four and striking out six in the no decision. It was the first time in Laudicina's career he worked into the ninth, as he set a career high for innings pitched.
Left-handed sophomore Derek Schneider (1-1) took over in relief and earned the win, holding Northeastern hitless over the final 1.2 innings.
Northeastern tied the game in the top of the fifth, when Sean Lyons doubled off the right field wall to score a runner from second.
Bronco sophomore second basemen Kurt Hoekstra extended his hitting streak to eight games in his first at-bat, smoking a line drive back up the middle. He ended the day 1-for-3. Miller's walk-off hit was his only hit of the day as he went, 1-for-4 with one RBI.