Western Michigan baseball took home a series win over the weekend against Ohio, winning 3 out of 4 games to conclude their 2021 season.
The Broncos dropped a 10 inning affair on Friday afternoon to kick off the series against the Bobcats. Justin Mcintyre led the offense with a 2-3 day at the plate that resulted in 1 run and 2 RBIs. Blake Dunn went 2-4 on the day with an RBI, while teammate Drew Devine went 2-5 with a run scored.
Brandon Peterson got the nod on the mound for WMU, going 5.2 innings and giving up three runs, as he would walk three batters and strike out four. Will Mullen went 2.2 innings in relief, surrendering two runs, five walks and struck out 2 hitters. Brenden Lovell contributed with 1.1 inning outing, giving up zero runs and striking out one.
The Broncos would lose 8-5 after surrendering three runs on zeros hits in the top of the 10th inning.
The Western Michigan offense put up four runs in consecutive games on Saturday to secure a series split going into senior day. The Bronco’s pitching staff was at the forefront in the second and third games against the Bobcats, with Easton Sikorski and Dane Armbrustmacher having stellar outings to cap off their seasons.
In the first of the two games, Sikorski threw 5 innings, allowing just two earned runs on two walks and five strikeouts. Arbrustmacher shut the door on the Ohio offense, pitching two shutout innings in relief with three strikeouts and zero walks.
Sean O’Keefe would propel the offense with his 1-3 performance, which included a home run that knocked in two RBIs as he also crossed the plate for a run. Connor Charping went 1-3 with an RBI, while senior Blake Dunn capped off the contributions going 1-3 with a run. The Broncos would take game one by a score of 4-3.
Dane Armbrustmacher would take the mound again in game two of the doubleheader, having possibly his best performance of the season. He hurled a gem, going 5.1 innings and allowing two earned runs and two walks while notching five strikeouts. Zack Mehelick would shut down the Bobcats the rest of the way, closing out the effort pitching 1.2 innings of shutout baseball and recording both one strikeout and walk.
The offense put up four runs in the consecutive games, with Justin Mcintyre giving the squad the juice it needed in this game with a 2-4 performance with one run and one RBI. Sean O’Keefe and Logan Hudson had solid performances on the day, both going 3-4 while O’Keefe chipped in with an RBI. Jimmy Allen went 1-2 as he crossed the plate for two runs. WMU would win by a score of 4-2.
In the series finale, Western Michigan’s bats exploded for six runs, highlighted by a 3-3 day from senior Ethan Hajdukovic that resulted in three runs and two RBIs. Fellow seniors Drew Devine and Logan Hudson also contributed with solid performances, with Devine going 1-4 with an RBI while Hudson had one hit in three at-bats. Sean O’Keefe tacked on a 2-4 performance with one run.
The Broncos used a plethora of pitchers in the win, with most notably seniors Tyler Thorington and Will Mullen having excellent performances to cap off their careers. Mullen pitched three innings, allowing one earned run on four hits with three strikeouts. Hayden Berg had a solid outing, pitching 3.1 innings and striking out five. Thorington closed out the game in the 9th inning, striking out one and creating a double play to end it.
Western Michigan finishes the season with an overall record of 24-26 and a Mid-American Conference record of 23-17, both of which are the highest marks in years for the program.