Broncos Split Twinbill Against Akron
KALAMAZOO, Mich.-Western Michigan split Saturday's doubleheader against Mid-American Conference East division rival Akron, falling 3-1 in game one, and rebounding with a 10-6 win in the nightcap.
The Broncos (17-19, 7-6 MAC) and Zips (15-24, 8-6 MAC) conclude the three-game series tomorrow with a 1 p.m. first pitch.
WMU left-handed pitcher Mike Moyer (0-1, 9.31 ERA) is expected to go up against UA right-hander Alex Loftin (2-1, 3.12 ERA).
GAME ONE RECAP
Akron scored three unearned runs off of Bronco starter Casey Webber in the top of the second and hung on to for a 3-1 win over Western Michigan in game one of Saturday's doubleheader.
Webber got the first two batters he faced to fly out in the second and then after issuing a walk struck out Gerrad Rohan swinging. The pitch was low in the dirt however and skipped past Bronco catcher Caleb Caton, enabling Rohan to race down to first. The Zips proceeded to pepper three singles around the diamond, pushing three runs across.
Webber (2-3) would only give up three more hits over the next five innings, tossing seven total frames. Monty Porter came out of the bullpen to work a scoreless eighth and ninth.
Right-hander Andrew Brown (5-5) went the distance in the winning effort for Akron, scattering nine hits over nine innings, while fanning six and not allowing a walk.
Defensively, both teams turned to three double plays.
GAME TWO RECAP
Western Michigan scored a run in the first and erupted for six runs on seven hits in the fifth, building a 7-0 lead and held off Akron in the late innings for a 10-6 victory.
Sophomore southpaw Steve Laudicina (4-3) earned the win on the mound, hurling six innings. He was touched for nine hits and allowed three runs, only one earned. Middle reliever David Brennan tossed an inning and two thirds and Patrick Borlik worked the final inning and a third to register his fifth save.
The Broncos got to Akron left-handed starter Pat Dyer (3-2) for nine hits and seven runs in just 4.1 innings.
WMU and Akron combined for 33 hits in the game.