WMU Baseball Connor Charping

Connor Charping crossing the plate against SIUE. Charping scored eight runs this weekend.

Western Michigan baseball scored no fewer than nine runs in all four games of a series split at Toledo.

The series kicked off Friday with a 16-13 win for the Broncos. In the win, Connor Charping had seven RBI, tied for the second-most in a single game in WMU history, going 3-4 with a double and a home run. Ethan Hajdukovic was also a major contributor, hitting a grand slam and putting up six RBI of his own.

Saturday’s doubleheader got underway with a 15-6 win for the Broncos behind four home runs, assisted by a stiff wind blowing out to left field. Hajdukovic had two of the home runs and in total went 4-5 with four RBI and four runs. Easton Sikorski got the start for the Broncos and had the most success of any pitcher in the series, allowing three runs (two earned) in six innings of work while tallying six strikeouts. Blake Dunn and Jimmy Allen had WMU’s other home runs.

The second game of the doubleheader was another high-scoring affair that the Rockets won, 11-10. Dunn had another home run that helped WMU build a 7-0 lead, but a six-run fourth inning helped Toledo to take back control. Home runs by Hajdukovic and Sean O’Keefe in the sixth inning proved to be too little, too late in the loss.

WMU still had a chance to win the series heading into Sunday, and more positive hitting performances from Dunn (home run, three runs scored) and O’Keefe (3-5, one run, one RBI) helped that effort. However, each of the four pitchers who appeared for the Broncos surrendered at least two runs, and Toledo won yet another slugfest, 16-9.

Overall for the Broncos in the series, Charping had eight hits, eight RBI and eight runs scored, and Dunn scored nine runs on just five hits, three of which were home runs. Hajdukovich added an astounding 13 RBI on eight hits, four of which left the park.

The Rockets had a monstrous offensive performance in the series as well, including 11 home runs as a team in the series to help Toledo score 46 runs in the four-game weekend.

After the split, WMU sits at 15-19 on the year and 14-9 in conference play. The Broncos have another four-game series next weekend at Northern Illinois, which starts Friday at 3 p.m.

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