KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Western Michigan baseball team's offense was held in check in the series opener against rival Eastern Michigan, as the Eagles came away with a 6-2 win over the Broncos Friday afternoon at Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Hyames Field.
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WMU's potent offense, which entered this weekend ranked No. 30 in the nation in batting average, finished with five hits against the Eagle pitching staff. The Broncos pushed one run across in each the fifth and sixth innings.
Eastern Michigan jumped out to an early 2-0 lead off a two-run home run and never lost the lead. It went to the fifth inning when the Broncos made it a 2-1 ball game, scoring a run on an RBI single by Andrew Stone to score Beau Filkins, who reached on a leadoff double.
EMU pushed across two runs in the top of the sixth inning to put a stop to the Bronco momentum, making it a 4-1 game. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Connor Smith led off with a double and Grant Miller drew a walk to put runners on first and second with no outs. After a flyout and a strikeout, both pitches moved up on a wild pitch and Jesse Forestell was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Filkins, who drew a walk to earn an RBI and score Smith, making it 4-2. The Eagles scored a run in each the seventh inning and the ninth inning to make it 6-2.
The five Bronco hits were scattered to five different players, Smith, Miller, Filkins, Stone and Tyler Frank. Both Stone and Filkins had RBI's while Smith and Filkins had doubles.
Senior Kyle Mallwitz suffered the loss, pitching 5.1 innings allowing four runs with seven strikeouts. Eddie McWilliams, Nic Laio, Matt McConnell and Zach Mehelich all entered in relief roles.
The Broncos and Eagles will square off twice more this series at Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Hyames Field, first on Saturday, April 22 at 1 p.m. and then on Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m.