Bobcats jump Broncos for final spot in MAC Tournament

Western Michigan baseball dropped a three game series to Ohio, two games to one, which ended their chances at a trip to the MAC tournament.

Game 1

The Broncos and the Bobcats were in a scoring frenzy in the first game as Ohio took game one 8-6.

The Bobcats looked to be in complete control of the Broncos, leading 4-0 going into the bottom of the third. However, the brown and gold rallied back in the third to score 4 runs to tie it up 4-4.  Justin McIntyre, Blake Dunn, and Nate Grys all put runs on the board for the Broncos.

The Broncos secured their first lead of the game as Nate Grys hit a solo blast in the fifth inning to put the Broncos up 5-4 against Ohio.

Going into the bottom of the seventh, the Bobcats had a 6-5 lead after scoring two runs in the top of the inning. The Broncos answered with another solo blast from Grys to tie the game 6-6, but the brown and gold wouldn’t see anymore offensive production in the inning.

The Bobcats would score two more runs in the eighth take an 8-6 lead over WMU. Western wouldn’t be able to put up any more runs and dropped the first game against Ohio.

Game 2

The second game saw the Broncos show complete dominance over the Bobcat bats and pitching. The brown and gold won the contest 7-1.

Western got off to a hot start right away scoring two runs in the first inning thanks to Dunn advancing to third on a wild pitch and then scored off of an error by the Bobcats and then another homer by Grys.

The Broncos would go on to have a two run fourth and a three run fifth. Jesse Forestell had a two RBI homer in the fourth and a two RBI single in the fifth to help his team to their marginally large victory.

Brady Miller, the starting pitcher for the Broncos had an outstanding performance pitching a complete game striking out five and allowing one earned run.

Game 3

The third game had huge implications for both teams, WMU (11-13 MAC) and Ohio (11-14 MAC) had their seasons on the line.

Both teams were evenly matched through the first three innings of the contest,  tied 1-1 through the first three innings.

In the top of the fourth, the Bobcats went on a six run rally making it 7-1. Two walks, a sac fly and a three RBI homer that helped them obtain the huge lead.

WMU answered right back with a three run fifth after Andrew Stone scored on an error and Drew Devine and Logan Hudson hit RBI singles to make it 7-4 Bobcats.

The Broncos tried to rally back to tie it after having a two run eighth were Cooper Marshall scored on a wild pitch and Jimmy Roche had a sacrifice hit, but to no avail as the Broncos would come up short and lose the contest 8-6.

Absent in Avon

The Broncos finish the 2019 campaign 18-31 overall and 11-13 in the MAC, just one game behind Ohio for a berth in the MAC Tournament in Avon, Ohio. The Broncos pitching left a lot to be desired this season, ending with a 6.28 team ERA — the third worst mark in the MAC. 

The highlights for head coach Billy Gernon's 2019 team came from the bats. Blake Dunn (3) and Drew Devine (5) finished in the top five in the conference in batting average, hitting .374 and .359 respectively. 

Western Michigan will miss the MAC Tournament for just the third time in the last nine season — WMU has posted double digit conference wins for the sixth straight season.

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