KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Senior right-hander Mark Rasmussen tossed a complete game to lead Western Michigan to a 3-1 victory over Kent State in a Mid-American Conference contest held at Hyames Field.
Rasmussen improved to 2-0 on the season, giving up a first-inning run, before retiring 20 of 24 batters in a five-hitter. The Broncos (11-6, 1-1 MAC) received a two-run homer from Travis May in second, then added an insurance run in the third when May scored on Chris Onderlinde's RBI single.
WMU was stellar in the field as well, recording several defensive gems. Kyle Maunus made a diving catch in right field to double up the Golden Flashes (8-9, 1-1 MAC) in the third. May snagged a fly ball in deep foul territory in the eighth to strand two runners while shortstop Zach Gentile showed good range in the fourth, chasing down a ball behind second base. Catcher Mark Abro caught Emmanuel Burriss trying to steal in the first.
"We played about as clean a game as you can play," said WMU Randy Ford, whose squad notched its first league win in a game that lasted just under two hours. "We got great pitching from Mark (Rasmussen) and you have to credit Mark (Abro) for calling a great game as well. We hit the ball hard and played solid defensively."
The MAC series concludes Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. start from Hyames.