Bronco Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Cincinnati
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Western Michigan and Cincinnati faced off twice in a doubleheader Saturday to end the three game series. In the first game, the Bearcats of Cincinnati took a 3-1 decision. The Broncos were able to win game two, 8-4, improving to 4-15 on the season.
Mike Moyer got the start on the mound for Western Michigan, tossing five innings and allowing three runs on six hits. Moyer also added six strikeouts in the loss.
Monty Porter entered in relief throwing three innings of shutout baseball. Porter allowed two hits and struck out one batter.
The Broncos only run of the game came in the second when designated hitter, Caleb Caton, singled to center field to lead off the inning. Third baseman Patrick Duncan then advanced Caton to second on a sacrifice bunt. Caton came around to score on a double down the right field line by first baseman Hunter Prince.
Cincinnati scored two runs in the third on four hits, including a triple and a double. In the fourth inning, the Bearcats added one run on two hits and two errors.
In Game two, the Broncos jumped out to a lead in the second inning when they plated the first runner of the game. Right fielder, Jared Kujawa, reached base on a fielding error by the second baseman and then stole second base. Three batters later, Kujawa advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a single by Caton.
Western Michigan had a big sixth inning capitalizing on errors by Cincinnati. Vinnie Booker reached base on a single up the middle with one out, stole second base, and reached third on a wild pitch. Andrew Sohn followed up with a walk and Kujawa laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Booker and move Sohn to second base. Duncan and Steve Buglione walked to load the bases for Caton. Caton singled to third base and advanced to second on a throwing error, scoring Duncan and Sohn. Hunter Prince hit a ground ball to third and the Bearcat third baseman made his second error of the game on his throw to first. Two more runs came in to score on the play.
The Broncos added two runs in the seventh on two hits and one error. Duncan and Sohn had the two hits for WMU in the inning and Kujawa added another RBI sacrifice bunt to give Western Michigan a 7-0 lead.
The Bearcats battled to come back, adding one run in the seventh and three in the eighth, but were unable to catch up with the Broncos.
Earning the win for Western Michigan was Pat Haynes, who entered in relief of starter Patrick Borlik.
Borlik threw four and two thirds innings, allowing zero runs on six hits. Haynes tossed two and a third innings allowing one run on two hits. Chris Bossenbery and Gabe Berman also pitched for the Broncos in the winning effort.
"It was good to see our guys rally and pick up a nice win," said head coach Billy Gernon.
"There have been many challenges in our first 19 games but we are 0-0 going into conference play this Friday and our eyes are still set on a MAC West title and championship."
Mid-American Conference play opens up next weekend as the Broncos travel to Bowling Green to take on the Falcons in a three game series.