KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan University baseball team took a doubleheader from in-state Mid-American Conference rival Central Michigan, 13-2 and 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Hyames Field. With the win the Broncos improve to 26-19 on the season and now own a 13-9 league record while the Chippewas fall to 31-20 and stand at 15-8 in the MAC.
The Brown & Gold started the game off right after lead off hitter freshman Zach Gentile earned himself a walk, Gentile then advanced to third off of a single from senior Matt Bolton.
The Broncos racked up three consecutive hits in the bottom half of the third with a single from Marquardt, a double from senior Travis May and a single from Maunus. WMU also knocked in three runs that inning from Maunus, Gerlach and Gentile to make it a 8-1 ball game.
After three scoreless innings the Chippewas managed to cross the plate once in the top of the seventh before WMU went on a five run rally in the bottom of the seventh which secured its 13-2 victory.
Freshman RHP Ethan Hollingsworth (8-2) earned the win on the mound for the Broncos. Hollingsworth surrendered two runs off of five hits while striking out one batters in 7.0 innings of work.
After three scoreless innings in the start of game two the Chippewas managed to get on board first in the top of the fourth.
WMU struggled offensively in game two but managed to tie the ball game at 1-1 after senior RC Dickerson scored off of a Chippewa error.
The game was still tied (1-1) going into the seventh inning stretch until Maunus hit a single RBI that brought home Marquardt who also got on base due to a single. Strong pitching from senior RHP Brian Kross and defensive play from the rest of the Broncos held CMU off which resulted in a 2-1 victory for WMU.
RHP Dan Coberley started the game for the Bronco. He threw 5.0 innings while giving up one run off of one hit and struckout three batters. RHP Drew Mahan also saw time on the mound in both games. Mahan threw for 1.2 innings in the second game and gave up only one hit while striking out two batters. Kross got the win on the mound for the Broncos after 2.1 innings of work. Kross is now 2-1 on the season.
WMU will play Big Ten foe Purdue at Home Stryker Field on May 16. First pitch is slated for