KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Right-handed pitcher Billy Morrison gave a complete-game effort, as Western Michigan (15-19, 8-6 MAC) won its second game in as many days against Ball State Saturday afternoon at Hyames Field, 7-2. The Broncos will look for a series sweep with a win on Sunday, at 1 p.m.
Morrison (3-3) dealt for nine strong innings, his only real blemish came against the first batter he faced, allowing a solo home run in the first. From there on out, Morrison locked it in, allowing a total of two runs on hits for the day. He issued no walks and struck out five. Morrison also had plenty of help from his defense, who committed no errors.
Offensively, Western Michigan continued to run on all four cylinders, banging out seven runs on nine hits. The Bronco bats have really come alive as of late, as WMU has produced 26 runs in the last three games.
Matt Abro paced the attack, hitting 3-for-4 from the plate with doubles and two RBIs. Joe Sheets and Chris Lewis also drove in two runs apiece. Going 2-for-4, Zach Gentile extended his hit streak to eight games.
Abro collected both of his RBIs in the second inning, giving WMU a 2-1 lead with a two-run double to the wall in left center. Pedro Dager extended the lead to 3-1 in the third, leading off with a triple and scoring on a fielder’s choice by Lewis.
Ball State (15-26, 4-13 MAC) pulled to within 3-2 with a score in the fourth, but WMU fired back with a three-run inning in the fifth. Lewis again drove in a run on a fielder’s choice, and with two men on base, Sheets cracked a triple to left center. Abro started the sixth with his second double of the afternoon and later scored on a Gentile base hit to right field for a 7-2 final.