KALAMAZOO, Mich.- The Western Michigan (8-14, 3-3 MAC) baseball team couldn’t overcome a five-run inning by Bowling Green, as the Falcons avoided a series sweep with a 9-5 win on Sunday at Hyames Field.
WMU and BGSU (12-14, 1-5 MAC) traded runs for much of the day, and the Brown & Gold entered the eighth trailing by one, 4-3. After allowing an RBI single and loading the bases, Bronco pitcher Brian Schutzbach was relieved by Drew Mahan.
Things got interesting when it was ruled that Mahan had struck the following batter with a pitch, enabling the Falcons to tally another run, and then Mahan himself was struck in the head with a ball being thrown into play. Bowling Green went on to hit an sacrifice fly and a two-run double before the Broncos could get out of the circus inning.
Western Michigan gave its best effort at a late rally, trailing 9-3, and cut the deficit to four with two runs in the bottom of the eighth on RBI doubles by Joe McDonald and Joe Sheets, but couldn’t complete the comeback.
Sheets led WMU with three hits and two RBIs, while Pedro Dager had two hits, including his first home run of the season – a solo blast in the seventh, and two RBIs. Nathan Marquardt and Zach Gentile each had two hits apiece.
Bronco starter Kyle Kendzicky (0-2) was hit with the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits, walking three and striking out one in 4.1 innings pitched.
Bowling Green’s Dan Horvath (2-2) earned the win, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings of work.
WMU will travel to Illinois for a doubleheader with the Illini April 3, with the first game scheduled for 3 p.m. ET. The Broncos then return home for a three-game stance with Mid-American Conference foe Akron April 6-8.