Western Michigan baseball was victorious in three out of its four contests against Miami (OH) this weekend.
In the first matchup of the doubleheader to begin the weekend, WMU pitched its third shutout of the season. Brandon Peterson had another outstanding performance in his second career start, going five innings and giving up zero earned runs, two hits and struck out four batters. Ryan Watt dealt two innings in relief, allowing zero hits and runs, picking up two strikeouts.
On the offensive side, Will Morrison was almost impossible to retire. He had four hits in his five plate appearances and scored two runs. Connor Charping went 2-5 and had two runs while adding three RBI. Justin Mcintyre was 1-2 with two runs and one RBI, helping the Broncos to win the contest by a score of 9-0.
In the second bout of the doubleheader, the teams had a much more competitive affair. Brady Miller started on the mound for the Broncos, and he would give up three earned runs in 4.1 innings of work while striking out six batters. Reliever Will Mullen threw just what the Broncos needed out of the bullpen, getting in 1.2 innings of work and surrendering zero runs while striking out one and allowing one walk.
Morrison once again led the offensive charge, going 1-3 and notching one run. Charping had one hit in his four plate appearances, collecting two RBI. The Broncos would earn its other two runs on two separate wild pitches during the contest.
Western Michigan won in a nail biter by a score of 4-3 to close out the back-to-back contests.
Saturday’s matchup yielded yet another close fight between the two teams. Easton Sikorski was electric on the bump, throwing six innings and only allowing two earned runs while taking down nine RedHawk batters by strikeout. Mullen continued the Broncos masterful pitching performance on the day, as he trotted out of the bullpen and racked up four innings of work, allowing zero earned runs and dealt four strikeouts.
Sean O’Keefe knocked in one run for WMU in a 1-4 performance. Josh Swinehart powered WMU to the win with his go-ahead solo home run in the top of the 10th inning to give the Broncos a 3-2 advantage, and the eventual win in the contest.
In the final meeting of the series, the bats came alive for both of the competitors. Shortstop Drew Devine had a perfect day at the dish, going 4-4 with two runs and an RBI. Charping had a 3-4 day with one run and one RBI to his name. Logan Hudson chipped in with two hits, two runs and an RBI.
The Broncos struggled mightily on the mound in this outing. Starter Brenden Lovell faced just four batters, and all four of them scored before he gave way to Tyler Thorington, who gave up five more runs before getting out of the first inning. Dane Armbrustmacher went five innings, surrendering five earned runs and two walks while striking out seven batters. Hayden Berg pitched one inning in relief and gave up one earned run and notched two strikeouts.
Western Michigan ceased to match the monstrous hitting of Miami and dropped the final game in the series by a score of 16-9.
WMU returns to action for another four-game series this weekend against SIUE in Kalamazoo. It will be the final out of conference action for Western Michigan this season.