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Bronco Baseball Extends Winning Streak with 4-1 Victory

Courtesy: Nathan Palcowski, Staff Writer
Release: 03/07/2014
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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Western Michigan (6-7) dominated against Maine en route to a 4-1 win over the Black Bears in game two of a doubleheader on Friday at the Snowbird Classic.

JUCO All-American transfer Chad Mayle earned his first career victory as a Bronco going six innings, allowing no runs on eight hits, walking and striking out two.

WMU secured its fourth straight victory and sixth in the last eight games. During the streak,  the Broncos have scored 26 runs and have a team ERA of 2.73.

"Our pitching staff gave up two runs in 19 innings today and we made one error on the day," said WMU head coach Billy Gernon. "That is the type of baseball we pursue in our practice and preparation.

"Mayle grinded through the game and our bullpen held the line. Kurt Hoekstra and Brett Sunde are seeing the ball well and out approach at the plate continues to improve."

In the top of the first, Hoekstra extended his hit-streak to nine games when he doubled down the right field line giving WMU two runners on with no outs. After a strikeout, Jared Kujawa grounded out to the shortstop but not before Grant Miller came across home plate, giving WMU the 1-0 edge.

Broncos would score one run in the second and two runs in the fifth off the bat of Sunde who singled to left center to drive in Miller and Hoekstra to give WMU the 4-0 advantage. 

The Black Bears in the comeback effort stacked the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but only came away with one run on a sac fly to right field.

Mayle (1-2) mowed down Black Bear hitters, getting out of two bases loaded jams to secure his first victory in a Bronco uniform.

Hoekstra went 3-for-5 at the plate, scoring one run. During his hitting streak, Hoekstra is hitting .500 (18-for-36) and has scored eight runs. Five of the 18 hits during the streak have been for extra bases.