Broncos Fall in Extra Innings

Jared Lowe's two-out home run in the bottom 11th lifted Butler past Western Michigan, 5-4, on the final day of the Butler Classic Sunday afternoon. WMU and Butler both finished with 2-1 tournament records, but a champion wasn't officially declared.

Lowe's game-winning home run occurred after WMU squandered opportunities in the 10th and 11th innings, stranding runners in scoring position. WMU did overcome two deficits in the game, pulling even in the ninth inning when pinch-runner Orlando Colon scored on a wild pitch.

WMU's ninth-inning rally was its third in as many days, as the Broncos scored in their last at-bat against Central Michigan on Friday and Michigan on Saturday to pull both games out.

"The key today was we didn't get the timely hits we had in our first two games. We left a lot of runners on base." said WMU Coach Fred Decker.

Senior Keith Perez received a no-decision after striking out eight batters over 7.1 innings. Shawn Morrison took the loss in relief.

Freshman OF Royce Dickerson drove in three runs for the Brown & Gold while Tom Fabrizo, Adam Rosales, Matt Bolton and Jarrett Juergensen had two hits apiece. The Broncos' 13 hits were the second most recorded this season.

Western Michigan (5-10) opens Mid-American Conference play this week, traveling to Akron March 28-30.

NOTES: WMU is 1-3 this year in one-run decisions ... today's action marked the 15th straight road contest for the Broncos, who don't open at home until April 4 ... WMU starting pitchers have gone at least seven innings in five of their last six games.

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