Western Michigan Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Buffalo
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- The Western Michigan baseball team won game one of Saturday's doubleheader against Buffalo, 4-3, before falling 7-5 in game two Saturday at Robert J. Bobb Stadium. The Bulls also won Friday's game to take the series.
The Broncos slip to 9-17 on the season and 4-2 in the Mid-American Conference, while Buffalo improved to 14-12 and 4-2 in the MAC. Western Michigan continues its seven-game homestand Tuesday, hosting Chicago State in non-conference play at 3 p.m.
GAME ONE RECAP
Left-handed junior Steve Laudicina (2-5) notched his second win of the season, hurling seven impressive innings in a 4-3 Bronco victory. He allowed two runs and held Buffalo to four hits, striking out two and walking none.
Freshman RHP Gabe Berman worked the final two innings to earn his team-leading fourth save of the year.
Western Michigan had 12 hits in the game, led by a 3-for-4 effort at the plate by Vinnie Booker. Booker also drove in a run and stole his fifth base of the season.
The Bulls took a 1-0 lead in the first and WMU pulled ahead with two runs in the third and two runs in the fifth.
Booker sparked the two runs in the third, smacking a two-out RBI single on a full count. He then stole second and scored on a base hit to right field by Sohn.
After putting two runners on with one out in the seventh, Laudicina worked his way out of the inning with a groundball doubleplay.
Buffalo had the tying run in scoring position in the ninth after a leadoff walk and a sac bunt, but Berman got the next two batters to flyout.
GAME TWO RECAP
Buffalo struck early in game two, tallying four runs in the first and another in the second to take a 5-0 lead.
A dropped ball by the Buffalo shortstop helped WMU get on board with an unearned run in the third. WMU then battled to cut the deficit to one, 5-4, with three runs in the sixth. Freshman catcher Brett Sunde belted a two-run, two-out double in the inning.
Both teams scored in the seventh and Buffalo added an insurance run in the ninth to make for a 7-5 final.
Western Michigan loaded the bags in the seventh with one out, but only came away with one run. The Broncos also had the tying run at second in the ninth with one out, following walks by Andrew Sohn and Jared Kujawa and a sac bunt by Steve Buglione. A pair of flyouts however ended the game.
Junior RHP Patrick Borlik (2-2) took the loss on the mound, lasting just two-thirds of an inning before being relieved by freshman Pat Haynes. Derek Schneider and Chris Bossenbery also appeared out of the bullpen. Schneider's appearance was the longest, going 4.1 innings and Bossenbery tossed the final 2.2. Haynes, Schneider and Bossenbery each gave up one run, while Borlik was charged with four.