ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – Western Michigan baseball's potent offense was held at bay Wednesday afternoon at Oakland, as the Golden Grizzlies came away with a 3-0 win at Oakland Baseball Field.
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"It's only the second time we have been shut out all year. It is a tough place to hit in general," head coach Billy Gernon said. "We didn't have many scoring opportunities, but it's time get locked in and focused on our series this weekend at BGSU"
Oakland added one run in the bottom of the first, bottom of the fourth and bottom of the seventh inning. After Andrew Stone led the game off with a walk, Oakland was able to retire the next 10 WMU batters until the top of the fourth inning where Connor Smith singled through the right side, the Broncos' first hit of the ball game. Smith moved up on a stolen base, but Oakland got out of the brief jam.
In the top of the fifth inning with the Golden Grizzlies up 2-0, Nick Vogelmeier hit a one-out single through the left side and Jesse Forestell followed that with a double to center field, but Vogelmeier was thrown out at the plate on a perfect relay.
WMU put a pair of runners on in the top of the sixth and the top of the seventh, but much like it was all day, Oakland pitched its way out of the jam.
Chris Modrzynski got the start for the Broncos, and he suffered the loss, falling to 1-1 this season. Zach Mehelich pitched the longest for the Broncos, going 3.2 innings while Brandon Petersen and Eddie McWilliams each threw a shutout inning and Tyler Thorington pitched 2.0 innings allowing one run.
The strong Bronco offense, who came into this game ranked No. 19 in the nation in batting average, was held to three hits and they drew three walks and were hit by the pitch twice. Smith finished 1-for-4 while Vogelmeier went 1-for-4 and Forestell went 1-for-2 with a double. Stone drew two walks out of the leadoff spot
WMU, who has two more Mid-American Conference (MAC) weekend's the close out the regular season, will head to Bowling Green for a three-game series over the weekend.