Western Michigan softball took on Northern Illinois on Thursday in a win-or-go home 2019 MAC tournament contest. The Broncos would drop the game —getting mercied in the fifth inning, suffering another shutout 8-0.
Reily Galloway started on the mound for the Broncos and Mackenzie Bryan started for the Huskies. Galloway only pitched two innings allowing three earned runs on four hits. Bryan pitched a gem for the Huskies, throwing in all five innings only allowing three hits and no runs.
Brooke Wyman, Mackenzie Swinehart, and Erin Barg were the only Broncos to get on base with a hit.
Northern Illinois started off with hitting an RBI double off of Galloway in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead against the Broncos.
The second inning saw the Huskies continue their domination in the batter’s box as they scored three more runs. Huskie's infielder Sam Schmidt hit a double to bring in two of the three RBI scored in the inning.
Northern Illinois continued to keep the Bronco bats quiet and continued to stay hot at the plate going into the fourth inning. Sam Schmidt started off the inning hot hitting a solo blast making it 5-0 Huskies. The Huskies would go on to score three more runs after that to end the fourth inning with a 8-0 lead.
The Broncos tried to give it one last go in the fifth inning to get some offense going, but their efforts came up nothing of short.
The Broncos found themselves leaving base runners stranded during the contest — a recurring problem for them late in the regular season and in the conference tournament. WMU left five base runners on in today’s contest, 13 total between the two tournament games. The Broncos also were not able to score any runs in the tournament.
The Broncos were very inconsistent throughout the season, they had games were they looked like they belonged at the top of the MAC and then the next game they would get stunned by their opponent. There is a lot talent within the Broncos softball program, if they can stay consistent from both sides of the ball, perhaps they can live up to their highly projected finish next season.
WMU ends the year with an 18-28 record and lose five seniors after this season. However, a lot of Broncos who shined and helped keep the team relevant in the MAC will be back for the 2020 campaign. Some notable returning Broncos include Sydney Stefanick, Mackenzie Swinehart and Kaylen Glenfield along with some more youthful underclassmen.