Box Score

KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan (16-27) pounded out 15 hits and limited the Comets to just four, on its way to a 13-2 win over Olivet Wednesday at Hyames Field.

Western Michigan took control early, scoring four runs in the bottom of the second on a two-run single by Jeremy Ford and a two-run double by Matt Abro to open a 4-0 advantage.

Olivet (14-26) managed to cut the lead in half in the top of the third, but the Bronco bullpen came in relief of starter Gus Jacobson with one down in the fourth and shut the door the remainder of the afternoon.

WMU came up with two runs on four hits in the fifth, as Kyle Galbraith and Chris Onderlinde each recorded an RBI, extending its lead to 6-2.

The Brown & Gold put the game out of reach in the seventh, scoring five runs on four hits, and plated two more runners in the eighth for a 13-2 final.

All nine starters hit safely in the winning effort, and five had multi-hit games. Nathan Marquardt, Joe Sheets, Abro, Galbraith and Onderlinde each notched two hits apiece. Zach Gentile, Joe McDonald, Galbraith and Ford each drove in two runs.

Taking over on the mound for Jacobson, Brett Newsome (1-0) earned his first career win, allowing just two hits in 2.2 innings. Tim Mowry, John Navage and Derek Schlecker closed out the afternoon, each throwing an inning of hitless ball.

Olivet committed a total of five errors, while the Broncos made just one. The victory snapped an eight-game losing streak for WMU.

Taking the loss for Olivet was Brad Dragicevich (3-4).

Western Michigan travels to Central Michigan this weekend, May 11-13, for a three-game series with the Chippewas. The Broncos return home for its regular season finale, hosting Eastern Michigan, May 17-19.