Broncos Make Easy Work of Spartans, Win 10-4
Michigan State (30-15) used a pair of base hits and a fielder’s choice to get on the scoreboard first in the second. The second of the two singles shot back at the mound, striking WMU starter Chris Bossenbery in the shin. After taking a moment to regroup, Bossenbery toughened it out and remained on the rubber. He went on to throw three shutout innings to earn the win, his first of the year.
WMU (23-25) responded to MSU’s run in the second with six runs in the bottom of the inning, scoring all but one with two outs. Patrick Duncan hit an RBI double down the left field line and Zach Thoma plated two with a poke into shallow left. Troy Forton dropped an RBI single behind the first baseman and Jack Scanlon drove in two with a single to right field.
Scanlon extended WMU’s lead to 8-1 in the sixth, bouncing a two-run, two-out double off the fence in right. WMU tacked on two more runs in the eighth, Ryan McMillin (sac fly) and Duncan (single) recording RBIs.
Torsten Boss hit a two-run triple off of reliever David Brennan in the top of the seventh and Tony Wieber hit an RBI single off of Monty Porter in the ninth to give MSU its other three runs.
Bossenbery (1-1) went 5.0 innings, yielding one run, seven hits and issuing one walk. Brennan and Porter each worked two innings.
Scanlon paced the Bronco offense, going 3-for-4 (double) with four RBIs and a run scored. Thoma also went 3-for-4, tallying two RBIs and scoring three runs. Duncan finished 3-for-5 (double) with two RBIs and a run scored.
Western Michigan hosts Central Michigan in a three-game Mid-American Conference series this weekend, May 13-15. WMU and Bronco Athletics will officially dedicate Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Hyames Field prior to Saturday’s 1 p.m. first pitch. The ceremony is scheduled to start at noon.