Bronco Baseball Blows By Lehigh in 15-6 Rout
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- The Western Michigan offense exploded for 20 hits in a 15-6 rout over Lehigh Monday at the Snowbird Classic.
Eleven different Broncos collected hits in the game, and WMU's overall total of 20 was the most for the program since tallying 22 against Eastern Michigan in 2012. The 15 runs matched Western Michigan's run total from the first three games in Florida combined, and was the biggest run production since defeating Ohio State two years ago at the Snowbird, 15-8.
The win was WMU's fourth in the last six games, as the Broncos improved to 4-7 on the season.
“Today demonstrated the offensive potential that exists within our club,” said WMU head coach Billy Gernon. “It was nice to see some of our guys that have been giving us quality at bats rack up base hits today. We played another solid defensive game and our coaching staff likes the direction we are starting to move.”
Junior shortstop Andrew Sohn and sophomore second baseman Kurt Hoekstra both had standout performances. Sohn ripped a pair of triples and finished the day 3-for-4 with five RBIs, three runs scored and a sac fly. He hit two-run triples in both the second and sixth innings. It was the second time in Sohn's career he has drove in five runs in a game.
Hoekstra had four hits, three RBIs and three runs scored, all of which were career highs. He went 4-for-6 at the plate with a double.
Sophomore catcher Brett Sunde had two hits and drove in three, while freshman third baseman Grant Miller went 2-for-3 and drove in two with his first career triple in the third. Drew Farmer also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-2 with a pair of runs. Freshman Nate Schneider made his first appearance as a Bronco, pinch hitting in the eighth.
Junior right-handed reliever Nick Bradley collected his second career victory and his first of the season, throwing a career-high four innings. He yielded three runs, six hits and registered four strikeouts, while walking one.
Western Michigan scored an unearned run in the first and then fell behind, 3-1, in the top of the second. The Broncos fired back with four runs in bottom of the second and four more in the third to take control, 9-3.
WMU pushed another run across in the fourth, three more in the sixth and two in the seventh. Defensively, Western Michigan played an errorless game in the field.
The Broncos will break for a day of rest tomorrow, before traveling up to Lakeland for an exhibition contest against the Detroit Tigers Prospects at Joker Marchant Stadium at 1 p.m. Wednesday. WMU returns to the Snowbird Classic on Friday, splitting a doubleheader between Maine and Northeastern.