BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Western Michigan baseball team used a dominating offensive performance to earn a 15-7 road win over Bowling Green Sunday afternoon, the final game of the series at Stellar Field.
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WMU finished with 16 hits, its highest output in the last seven games. Many players had huge days at the plate, most notably Jesse Forestell, who went 3-for-5 with five RBI. The top three in the batting order combined for eight runs and six hits as Nick Vogelmeier went 3-for-6 with a double, two runs and two RBI, Tanner Allison went 1-for-2 with three runs and an RBI while Connor Smith went 2-for-5 with three runs and an RBI. Nate Grys had two RBI in the cleanup spot, Tyler Frank went 2-for-5 with a run and Andrew Stone went 2-for-3 with a run. Alex Goodwin finished with three runs and Grant Miller had a ninth inning home run. Allison is now two RBI away from tying the WMU single season record and three away from breaking it with 64.
The Broncos had no problem on offense early, as the team jumped out to a huge 10-0 lead after three innings with a two-run first inning, a five-run second inning and a three-run third inning. In the first, Grys drove in the game's first run with an RBI single to right field to plate Allison, who was walked earlier in the inning. Following the Grys single, Forestell got his monster day at the plate started with an RBI single to right field.
WMU poured it on in the second inning, scoring five runs on five hits as the first six batters reached in the inning. Goodwin led off with a single and came in to score on Vogelmeier's RBI double to left center field, making it 3-0 WMU. After a hit by pitch and a Smith single, Grys drew a bases loaded walk and Forestell ripped a two-run single to right field, making it 6-0. The final run came in on a double-play ball.
The Brown & Gold made it a double-digit lead in the third inning, scoring three more runs on two hits and two Bowling Green errors. Goodwin reached on an error and came in to score on Smith's RBI single through the left side. After the second error of the inning, Forestell hit another two-run single to make it 10-0 WMU.
The Falcons fought back, scoring five unanswered runs with a four-run fourth inning and a single run in the bottom of the fifth, making it 10-5. WMU pushed its lead to 14-5 with another big inning, this one being a four-run top of the sixth inning. Frank led the inning off with a single to second base and came in to score on a Falcon error later in the inning. Vogelmeier hit an RBI single up the middle to score Stone and Allison followed that with a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Goodwin. The final run of the inning came in on a second Falcon error in the inning, making it 14-5.
After Bowling Green scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth, it went two straight scoreless innings until Miller smacked a home run to left field in the top of the ninth inning, making it 15-7 Broncos.
WMU used just two pitchers in the ball game, as senior Kyle Mallwitz started the game and missed out on earning a win by 1/3 of an inning. His final line read 4.2 innings, five runs (three earned), four hits, three walks and four strikeouts as he had a no-hitter through 3.1 innings. Nic Laio came in to earn the win, going the final 4.1 innings allowing two runs on six hits and one walk with four strikeouts.
Entering the final week of the regular season, WMU sits at 20-26 overall and 9-12 in the MAC. The Broncos head to South Bend, Ind., to face Notre Dame on Tuesday, May 16 at 6 p.m. before hosting Buffalo in the final regular season action of the 2017 season. The MAC Tournament, which takes place in Avon, Ohio at Sprenger Stadium, gets started on Wednesday, May 24.