TOLEDO, Ohio – The Western Michigan baseball team fell 9-8 on the road at Toledo in a wild 13-inning game that featured five lead changes. Toledo won the game off a walk off single in a three-run bottom of the 13th inning.
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Junior Tanner Allison delivered a key hit for WMU, sending a two-run double down the right field line in the top of the 13th inning to give the Broncos an 8-6 lead, but Toledo came back in the bottom of the inning to earn the win and claim the series.
The Rockets were able to jump out a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and threatened to put up more. Toledo had the bases loaded with one out and scored the run on a sacrifice fly to right field.
The Broncos grabbed the lead back in the top of the third inning, scoring two runs on two hits and a costly Rocket error. Ethan Hajdukovic led the inning off with a double to left center, the first hit of his young Bronco career. Tyler Frank reached on a throwing error by the pitcher on the next play, bringing Hajdukovic around to score to make it 1-1. Connor Smith delivered a big one-out single to score Frank and give WMU a lead.
Both teams were able to push a run across in the seventh inning, as the Brown & Gold used squeeze bunt to score the run. Alex Goodwin singled to the shortstop to open the inning, then stole second and eventually came in to score on Franks bunt. The Rockets got a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh to make it a one run game.
Toledo tied it up 3-3 with a run in the bottom of the ninth inning thanks to a leadoff solo home run off the bat of AJ Montoya, sending the game to extra innings.
WMU used a big three-run top of the 10th inning to take a 6-3 lead, but the Rockets answered right back with three runs of their own in the bottom of 10th to tie it up 6-6. In the 10th, Nick Vogelmeier led off with a walk and moved up to third on Grant Miller's single through the right side. Allison delivered an RBI single to center field to make it 4-3 and later in the inning, Goodwin hit a two-run single up the middle to score Allison and Miller. The Rockets got a clutch one-out three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th.
Four Broncos finished with multiple hits, as the team had 14 hits combined and drew four walks. Allison went 3-for-7 with a double, a run and three RBI while Goodwin went 2-for-6 with a run and two RBI. Miller went 2-for-6 and Smith went 2-for-7 with an RBI. Jesse Forestell and Hajdukovic each had a double while Vogelmeier drew two walks in the leadoff spot.
WMU used five different pitchers in the game, as Kyle Mallwitz got the start on the mound and went 8.2 innings, allowing three runs on just three hits with five strikeouts.
WMU will hit the road to face Valpo in a midweek nonconference game on Wednesday, April 5 at 4 p.m. before hosting Ball State next weekend in the MAC home opening series.