Western Michigan softball went 1-2 in the Bellarmine Invitational Friday and Saturday.
The Broncos started the tournament with a forgettable loss Friday, losing 4-1 at the hands of the Bellarmine Knights.
Sydney Stefanick drove in the lone run that the Broncos scored and started on the mound for WMU, pitching 4.2 innings, allowing three earned runs and recording four punch outs.
The bottom of the fifth inning is what ultimately did the Broncos in as the Knights capitalized on offense with two outs. Gwen Malecke started the rally with a single to left field and Grace Werner bunted a single which put runners on the corners. Werner stole second, then Hannah Webb hit a single that plated two runs to take a 2-1 lead over the Broncos.
Following a walk, Sydney Young hit an RBI single to left field to make it a 3-1 lead. The Knights would score the final run of the inning on a passed ball to make the game 4-1 which would ultimately decide the game.
WMU then played a doubleheader Saturday playing Morehead State in the morning and facing Bellarmine once again in the afternoon.
The Bronco offense exploded against Morehead State as WMU took the game 6-1.
In the second inning, the Broncos took a 2-0 lead. Sophia Ehlers and Jordyn Swinehart both started things off with singles. Mackenzie Swinehart then walked to load up the bases and Kaylen Glenfield hit a two-RBI single.
The top of the sixth was the best inning for the Broncos offensively, scoring four runs to increase the lead to 6-1. Swinehart hit a one-out single to start the frenzy and Glenfield followed up with a single to center field. Stefanick then hit a three-run blast that would ultimately give the Broncos a 6-1 victory.
WMU found itself on the short end of the stick in the second game against Bellarmine, falling 2-1 to the Knights.
The Broncos got on the board first in the top of the third inning to take a 1-0 lead. Alyssa Kramer started things off with a single and Swinhart followed with a sacrifice to send Kramer to second. Glenfield then singled to drive Kramer home. The Knights responded with an RBI single in the bottom of the third to tie the contest up 1-1.
WMU’s fate was sealed in the bottom of the fifth when Bellarmine took a 2-1 lead off of an RBI single which would ultimately decide the game.
Despite the Broncos losing, WMU outhit Bellarmine 8-6 along with having good performances from its pitchers Autumn Goodwin and Rissa Bajusz. Goodwin allowed only one run in 2.1 innings pitched and Bajusz allowed one hit and one unearned run in 3.2 innings.
Overall, the Broncos are 2-3 to start the season and will return to action Friday through Sunday as WMU will play five games in the Central Arkansas Tournament.