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Courtesy: WMU

Offense Erupts in 15-8 Win Over Ohio State in Game One

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 03/03/2012
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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Western Michigan posted nine runs in the second inning on the way to a 15-8 over Ohio State in game one of Saturday's doubleheader with the Buckeyes at the Snowbird Classic.

The Broncos totaled 21 hits in the game, the most for the team since tallying 24 on May 3, 2009, at Toledo.

It marked the second-straight game Western Michigan (3-5) has downed an opponent from the Big Ten Conference, defeating Northwestern 4-1 Friday.

Nine different Broncos recorded multi-hit games. Patrick Duncan and Ryan McMillin both went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs.

Duncan started the offensive outburst in the second, leading off with a solo home run, his second long ball of the season. He drove in another run in his second at bat of the inning with a double to left center.

Zach Thoma and Caleb Caton also hit RBI doubles in the second, while Jack Scanlon drove in two with a single and Troy Forton drove in another with a base hit.

McMillin blasted his first home run of the season in the third, a three-run shot to left field. Scanlon scored WMU's first run in the third with an RBI single.

Freshman Jared Kujawa and Duncan (sac fly) drove in the final two runs for Western Michigan in the eighth. Kujawa hit his second triple in as many games.

Kujawa finished the game 2-for-5 with a double, triple, three RBIs and two runs scored. Scanlon had a pair of singles and three RBIs, and has recorded a hit in each of WMU's eight games this season.

Freshman right-hander Nick Bradley (1-1) picked up his first career win, in relief, taking over for freshman starter Will Nimke with two down in the fourth and throwing 1.2 innings. Bradley struck out two, walked three and allowed one run and three hits.

Sophomore RHP Monty Porter silenced Ohio State for 2.2 innings, striking out three and giving up just one hit. Andrew Sohn and Matt Nestor also made late appearance out of the bullpen, Nestor recording the final three outs, striking out two.

"We are progressively moving towards playing better baseball and improving in many areas," said WMU head coach Billy Gernon.

"Our freshmen pitchers along with sophomore Monty Porter pitched well today in game one. It was good to see our offense ignite and propel us to a quality win against the Buckeyes."

The Broncos made it a short day for left-handed Buckeye starter Brian King (2-1), who left the game after the second, taking the loss.

Ohio State had 12 hits in the game and stranded 15 runners on base.

Western Michigan and Ohio State (4-4) are slated to begin game two of the doubleheader at 3 p.m.