Fred Decker's club pounded out 14 hits — matching a season-best mark — and never trailed in the game, although Illinois did close to within a run on two occasions. The Broncos scored three runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings to record their second win against a Big Ten school this season. WMU defeated Michigan at the Butler Classic two weeks ago.
"It was a day for the hitters," said Decker, who noted that a 30 mph wind was blowing straight out. "We hit the ball for more power today and the kids really played well."
RHP Mark Rasmussen, a freshman from Schoolcraft, earned his first win with 5.1 innings of relief work. He gave way to Brad Mumma with two outs in the ninth, who earned the save.
Offensively, WMU's Mark Abro and Tom Fabrizio recorded four hits a piece. Fabrizo also extended his hitting streak to eight games — longest on the team this season. Multiple RBI efforts were also turned in by Fabrizio (3), Chad Tarpley (2) and Adam Rosales (2).
Today's contest ended a streak of 21 consecutive road games for WMU. The Broncos will now prepare for their home opener this Friday, when Akron visits Hyames Field for a 3:00 p.m. start. LHP
Pat Misch (2-1) is scheduled to start on the mound.
NOTES: After starting the year 0-8, WMU is three games under .500 at 9-12 ... Mumma's save was the first of the season ...WMU will play eight of its next nine games at Hyames Field.
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