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Courtesy: WMU

Kujawa Powers Broncos to 6-5 Win Over Villanova

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 03/04/2012
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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Freshman Jared Kujawa drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth to propel Western Michigan to a 6-5 victory over Villanova Sunday. The Broncos concluded their stay at the Snowbird Classic with a 3-1 record and improved to 4-6 on the year.

WMU and Villanova were tied 3-3 after three innnings. The Broncos scored two runs in the first inning and one in the second, while the Wildcats plated two runs in the second and one in the third.

Ryan McMillin broke the tie with two down in the seventh, ripping a two-run double to left center, scoring Vinnie Booker and Jack Scanlon.

Villanova's Matt Fleishman returned the favor in the top of the ninth, tying the game at 5-5 with a two-out double to right center off junior right-hander Chris Bossenbery.

With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Zach Thoma drew a walk and Scanlon reached base on a single through the right side. Villanova opted to walk McMillin to put the force on all bases, but Kujawa rose to the challenge, hitting a walk-off single to left center.

"Jared Kujawa has had a tremendous impact on our team and the freshman stepped up big tonight with the game winner. It was great to see us win tonight in walk off fashion," said WMU head coach Billy Gernon.

"We showed grit and reiliency today against a solid Villanova squad. Patrick Borlik held the line again in relief, giving McMillin a chance to put us up 5-3 with a two-out double that scored two."

Borlik was again phenomenal in middle relief. He inherited two runners with no outs in the fourth and came away with no damage, recording two ground outs. He tossed four hitless innings and sat Villanova down in order in the fifth and seventh. He also struck out a pair in the sixth.

Bossenbery (1-0) got the win on the mound, throwing the final 1.2 innings.

McMillin hit two doubles in the game, batting 2-for-4. Troy Forton was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate. Kujawa (two RBIs) and Scanlon (one RBI) each had a pair of hits.

Western Michigan has an off day tomorrow and travels to Lakeland, Fla., Tuesday to play the Detroit Tigers sping training mini camp team at Joker Marchant Stadium at 1 p.m.