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Freshman Grant Miller drives in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th against Northeastern.
Courtesy: WMU

Western Michigan Victorious in Walk-Off against Northeastern

Courtesy: Nathan Palcowski, Staff Writer
Release: 03/07/2014
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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.

Western Michigan took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Brandon Cable drew a leadoff walk and scored on a two-out single by Andrew Sohn

In the top of the third, Western Michigan right fielder Jared Kujawa saved a run, gunning down a runner from the outfield and catcher Brett Sunde made an incredible tag at the plate.

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.

"Laudicina was awesome, and for freshman Grant Miller to pick up a walk off, game-winning RBI was huge for us," said WMU head coach Billy Gernon.

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.