Bronco softball dropped a four game series to Akron losing three games to one to fall to 11-25 on the year.
WMU lost by a score of 7-2 to the Zips on Friday as Akron scored all seven of its runs in the fifth inning. The Zips offense was led by Samantha Malik, Atlantis Taufa and Laurel DeVoe as they all had two hits. DeVoe and Olivia Stefanoni each had two RBI as well.
For the Broncos, Courtney Farrish went 2-for-4 on the day with an RBI and a run. Jordyn Swinehart went 2-for-3 and Taylor Garey walked twice and scored a run. Alyssa Kramer went 1-for-3 with an RBI as well.
Autumn Godwin started on the mound as she got the loss and only allowed one earned run, striking out seven in seven innings of work. The Bronco defense committed three errors which led to the Zips scoring the other six runs.
The Broncos played a doubleheader on Saturday, losing game one in a tight contest by a score of 3-2.
The Zips drew first blood in the second inning when Taufa scored off of a Bronco error. Taufa again put a run on the board for Akron in the fifth as she hit an RBI single.
Akron had a 3-0 lead over the Broncos in the seventh inning, but WMU was able to bring some life to its offense when Mackenzie Swinehart hit a single that was followed by an error in the outfield which allowed Kramer to score. Farrish hit an RBI single drove home Mackenzie, but a strike out followed to end the game.
Rissa Bajusz went the distance, pitching a complete game as she took the loss allowing only two earned runs and striking out eight batters on 144 pitches.
WMU took the second game of the doubleheader, winning by a score of 5-3.
Akron got on the board early to take a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to an RBI double from Tiffany Stevens and an RBI triple from Kalli McIntosh-Houlder. The Broncos answered back in the first with an RBI single from Farrish and then tied it up 2-2 in the second with an RBI single by Jordyn.
The contest would remain knotted up until the fifth inning when Mackenzie hit her sixth home run of the year. Following the homer, Bajusz bunted a suicide squeeze to score Kaylen Glenfield to give the Broncos a 4-2 lead.
The Zips would strike back when DeVoe scored on a wild pitch in the sixth inning. Glenfield, however, answered back for the Broncos and hit an RBI double to give WMU a 5-3 lead that would last the rest of the contest.
The Broncos would fail to get a series split on Sunday, losing the fourth game of the series to Akron by a score of 9-4.
The Zips got the offense going early, putting two on the board by scoring on a fielding error and driving a runner home on an RBI double. WMU responded quickly with three straight batters getting a hit to take a base, then Bajusz brought Mackenzie home on an RBI groundout.
WMU took the lead after scoring two runs in the third, Sophia Ehlers scored on a throwing error and Kramer scored on a wild pitch giving the Broncos a 3-2 lead. However, Lauren Holdsworht answered for Akron in the fourth inning with a two-run homer to regain the lead for the Zips 4-3. In the bottom of the fourth, Logan Carter singled Glenfield home to tie the game up.
It would stay tied up until the sixth inning when Madison Dudek and Shelby Fortune hit consecutive doubles to give the Zips a 6-4 lead. Akron scored three more runs in the seventh inning with a homer hit by DeVoe that would ultimately lead to the Broncos’ 9-4 demise.
The Broncos next have a doubleheader on Tuesday at Bowling Green. The first game will start at 1 p.m.