JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. –
Western Michigan came back from a 10-2 deficit and had the tying run in the on-deck circle in the ninth inning, but it was not enough as the Broncos fell 12-8 Saturday to East Tennessee State.
The Broncos had another standout performance at the plate, which saw the team collect 12 hits, including two home runs, one of which came from the bat of Tanner Allison
who launched his second home run in as many games and third home run of the season to center field.
"It was great to see us battle for nine innings today especially after falling behind early again," head coach Billy Gernon
said. "We outhit ETSU yesterday and matched their hit total today. Tanner Allison
's home run nearly cleared the batters eye in the eighth inning and things most certainly got interesting."
Western Michigan scored four runs in the top of the eighth, all of which came with two outs. Jessie Forstell, who scored three times on the day, reached on a fielder's choice. He then advanced to second on a passed ball and scored the first run of the inning when Evan Nelson
drove him in with a single to right. Shortstop Connor Smith
had the biggest hit of the day for the Broncos, as he launched a three-run bomb to left field scoring Nelson and Andrew Stone
Allison started the ninth inning rally with a solo home run, narrowing the margin to four. WMU continued to apply pressure to ETSU in the ninth, as the next two men also reached base. The rally required the Bucs to bring in their closer who was able to shut down the WMU rally and preserve the win.
led the team in hits on the day with three, as he moved his average to a team-high .480. Miller has hit safely in all six games this season, with multiple hits in each of his last five games.
The Broncos spread their offensive attack around on Saturday, with all nine starters collecting at least one hit.
Freshman Brandon Petersen
continued the red-hot start to his career, throwing 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief, allowing the Broncos to narrow the deficit. He struck out six without walking a batter as 39 of his 51 pitches were for strikes. On the year he now has 7.0 scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts.
was outstanding for us out of the pen today," Gernon said. "As a team, it is a matter of us eliminating free bases that lead to big innings and I am confident we will find our stride soon."
WMU will wrap up the three-game set at ETSU on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Jacob Piechota
is the probable starter on the mound for the Broncos.