WMU baseball drops series to Miami ahead of must win games vs. Ohio

Senior LHP Chris Modrzynski (4-3)

Western Michigan baseball squared off in a three-game weekend series with MAC rival Miami Redhawks. The Broncos lost the series two games to one, but still hold the 6-seed and final seed in the Mid-American Conference Tournament.

Game 1

Chris Modrzynski (4-3) started on the mound for the Broncos in game one, while the freshman phenom Sam Bachman who has a 7-0 record with a 3.55 ERA started for the Redhawks.

The Redhawks started out the first game in full domination as they scored in the first inning of action making the score one to nothing Redhawks.

Miami continued their scoring ways going into the second inning scoring two more runs to take a 3-0 lead against WMU.

The Redhawks dominated for the first half of the game, then the Western bats started to catch fire in the fifth inning. The Broncos had a three run fifth inning to tie the game up 3-3 thanks to three RBI base knocks by Andrew Stone, Jimmy Roche and Nate Grys.

Western was able to put up one run in the top of the sixth to take the lead 4-3 after Andrew Stone hit another RBI single.

Miami, however, answered right back to take control of the game as they produced a three run sixth inning to take the lead 6-4. The Redhawks would go on to silence the Bronco bats through the rest of the game and ultimately win 6-4.

Chris Modrzynski, WMU baseball

Game 2

The second was a completely different written story as the Broncos were on the winning side of things. WMU took the second game from the Redhawks winning 6-3.

Miller Brady started on the mound for the Broncos and Spencer Mraz started for the Redhawks. Both pitchers threw great starts allowing minimal offensive production.

Brady pitched a lengthy seven innings allowing one earned run off of six hits. Mraz threw five innings allowing one earned run striking out six Broncos.

The Bronco bats were once again dominated through the first part of the game as they were down against Miami until the sixth inning.

Miami came into the sixth inning owning a 3-0 lead until Drew Devine hit an RBI to put the Broncos on the board still down to Miami 3-1.

It was in the seventh inning the Bronco went on a scoring spree, the Broncos had a five run inning that would ultimately decide the game. Andrew Stone hit a sacrifice grounder to bring in an RBI, Blake Dunn hit an RBI triple and scored on a wild pitch, Drew Devine also hit an RBI triple and scored on a passed ball.

Game 3

The third game was a heartbreaker for the Bronco as they fell to the Redhawks 5-0.

The Broncos made two crucial mistakes in the game as Miami scored their runs on two home runs. Coke Andrews hit a two blast into left field in the second and Landon Stephens hit a three run bomb in the third.

The Broncos were able to gain four hits but failed to get any real offensive production going and get runners across home.  

Miami is one of the top teams in the conference owning third place in the MAC. Western Michigan (17-29; 10-12 MAC) is right in the thick of it for sixth place to claim a trip to the MAC tournament, just in front of Ohio (16-28; 10-13 MAC).

The Broncos take on the Ohio Bobcats at home in a three-game series this Thursday at 3:05 p.m., Friday at 2:05 p.m., and Saturday at 1:05 p.m. to end the regular season. All eyes will be on Kalamazoo as the winner of the series will likely take the sixth and final seed.

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