Webber's Start, Heckaman's Finish Propels WMU to 8-3 Victory
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Junior left-hander Casey Webber struck out a career-best 10 batters in five and two-thirds innings, leading the Western Michigan baseball team (5-7) to its second straight win, defeating St. Bonaventure, 8-3, at the West Palm Beach Challenge. It was the most strikeouts by a Bronco pitcher since Ethan Hollingsworth fanned 10 against Miami (OH) on April 4, 2008.
Webber's only hiccup in an otherwise superb performance was in the second, giving up a three-run homer to Ryan Skellie. One of the runs would go down unearned, as the leadoff batter reached on a fielding error. Webber walked two and scattered six hits, facing 26 batters.
Western Michigan evened the game in the bottom of the second. Jack Scanlon, Jimmy Martinez and Patrick Duncan each singled, Duncan recording an RBI. Ryan McMillin drove in the other two runs with a double to right center.
Senior right-hander Eric Heckaman (1-0) entered the game with bases loaded and two outs in the sixth. He got out of the inning and went the rest of the way without giving up a hit for his first win of the season. He retired 10 of 12 batters faced, allowing two walks.
Western Michigan scored five runs in the seventh to pull ahead. The Broncos had four hits in the inning and made use of a walk and an error. Vinnie Booker and Troy Forton each hit RBI doubles. Duncan and Brooks Beilke smacked RBI singles. McMillin drove in a run with a sac fly.McMillin finished 2-2 with a walk, a stolen base and three RBIs. Duncan batted 2 for 4 with two runs scored and two runs batted in. WMU also handed the Bonnies a 12-9 loss on Friday. Western Michigan plays two games tomorrow, facing Rhode Island at 10 a.m. and Northeastern at 4 p.m.