WMU Baseball Will Morrison

Will Morrison was one of four Broncos to hit a home run in the season-opening series against Bradley.

Western Michigan baseball dominated the Ball State Cardinals Tuesday by a score of 14-2.

The first runs between the Broncos and Cardinals came in the third inning, where BSU’s Trenton Quartermaine and WMU’s Justin McIntyre traded home runs in the top and bottom halves of the inning. 

The bottom of the fifth yielded WMU’s first offensive explosion of the game. Will Morrison singled to start off the inning and followed the hit by stealing second during a Ben Campos strikeout. Jimmy Allen would put the ball on the ground in his subsequent at-bat, with the Cardinal third baseman failing to make a clean throw to first allowing Allen to reach first and Morrison to reach home. Connor Charping reached first on a fielder’s choice and Gavin Doyle walked, which gave way to a deep drive to right-center by Cade Sullivan resulting in his second grand slam of the season and a 7-1 lead for the WMU.

The Broncos weren’t done there, as the bottom of the seventh yielded more success for the squad. The first three WMU hitters reached base to begin the inning, with Charping flashing his patience at the plate and drawing a walk to score a run. Doyle and Sullivan would get down back-to-back singles to drive in two more, with Josh Swineheart putting the finishing touches on the win with a three-run blast to end the game, with the final score being 14-2.

Freshman right hander Ethan Haughtaling made his first career start for WMU Tuesday, putting up a respectable performance of 4.1 innings pitched, one earned run, two strikeouts and three walks. Joe Shapiro would ultimately get the credit for the victory, pitching 3.2 innings while striking out three batters and allowing just one run en route to his first collegiate victory.

Sullivan powered the offense on the day, with his 2-4 performance resulting in five RBIs. Mcintyre and Morrison combined for four hits and four RBI, while Charping contributed a 1-3 outing that saw him cross the plate twice.

The Broncos will be back on the road this weekend, visiting Bowling Green for a four-game matchup. First pitch for the series will be Friday at 3 p.m.

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