Western Michigan baseball split a four-game series with Northern Illinois this weekend after getting off to a hot start.
WMU started the series on a high note with a 10-8 win on Friday afternoon. Sean O’Keefe would be the catalyst for the Broncos scoring output, going 3-6 at the plate with a home run, two walks and two RBI. Connor Charping continued his scorching hot season with a 5-6 performance that included one RBI and three runs. Dane Armburustmacher picked up his first win of the 2021 season with 4.2 innings pitched in relief, during which he only allowed one run on two hits and added eight strikeouts.
The Broncos then split the Saturday doubleheader, where Western Michigan won the first game by a score of 5-2. O’Keefe continued his great series at the dish with a 2-4 performance in which he notched two runs and three RBIs. Ethan Hajdukovic also contributed, going 3-4 with one run and one RBI.
Easton Sikorski pitched a gem on the bump, throwing his second complete game of the season. In the seven innings he pitched, he picked up two earned runs, six strikeouts, and just two walks.
The second game would not be as fortunate for WMU, being handed a 2-5 loss by the Huskies. Brady Miller struggled on the mound, going 4.2 innings and surrendering five runs on six hits while striking out five hitters. Brenden Lovell came in and threw 1.1 innings in relief, giving up zero runs and striking out two batters.
Charping spearheaded the offense with one hit in three at-bats, with that one hit yielding one RBI. Justin Mcintyre would add a 1-2 day at the plate with one RBI.
The Broncos ended the series on a low note, suffering a 10-run loss by way of the mercy rule in eight innings.
Logan Hudson sparked the Western Michigan offense, hitting 1-4 with two RBIs. Jimmy Allen had a decent performance, going 1-3 including a home run in the top of the eighth. Hajdukovic would cap off his series with a 2-4 outting.
Zach Mehelich would get the loss for WMU, giving up five earned runs in just 3.1 innings of work while walking three batters.
The Broncos move to 17-19 on the 2021 campaign following the split, with a 16-12 record against Mid-American Conference opponents. WMU takes the field next at home against the Central Michigan Chippewas, who sit atop of the conference with a 30-13 overall record that includes a 22-6 record in the MAC.