Broncos Enter Title Game

For the second straight day, Western Michigan mounted a late rally to defeat an instate rival, knocking off Michigan, 6-2 at the Butler Classic. The Broncos are 2-0 in tournament action and can claim the championship tomorrow with a win over Butler. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. at Bulldog Field.

Much like its 2-1 come-from-behind win over Central Michigan on Friday, the Broncos scored runs in the latter innings, despite solid pitching from the opposition.

The Wolverines (7-8) scored twice in their first at-bat and led most of the game before WMU stormed back with three runs in the eighth and ninth frames. SS Adam Rosales' RBI single to center in the ninth scored Mark Abro and Matt Bolton, giving cushion for starter Brad Mumma to close out the game, which he did in the ninth to post his second straight win. Mumma (2-2) allowed no earned runs to help the streaking Broncos to their fifth win in six contests.

"Brad pitched himself out of trouble and I thought the guys really hung in there, especially after we got down by two to start the game. We gave ourselves a shot by keeping the game close with our defense," said WMU Head Coach Fred Decker.

RF Tom Fabrizio, who had his seven-game hitting streak snapped on Friday, rebounded with a 3-for-5 effort at the plate while Abro recorded a pair of singles and scored twice.

Senior Keith Perez (1-1) will start tomorrow on the mound as WMU takes on its last non-conference opponent before beginning Mid-American Conference play next week.

NOTES: Decker faced his former assistant in Rich Maloney, who was named Michigan's head coach during the off-season ... the Wolverines and Broncos will square off again on May 6 for the Centennial Celebration Game at Hyames Field ... WMU pitchers have delivered four complete games in their last five outings ... WMU is 9-5 lifetime versus Butler.

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