Broncos Split Doubleheader

Western Michigan received a strong pitching effort from Clark Sterley to hand Akron a 4-1 loss in the first game of a Mid-American Conference doubleheader at Hyames Field.

Sterley took a perfect game into the fifth inning before giving up a hit to leadoff batter Marcus Geiselman. Sterley's shutout bid ended in the seventh, although he did earn his first win of the season. Zach Straayer posted his first save by getting the tying run at the plate to ground out.

Broncos Matt Bolton, Chad Tarpley and Joe Zacharzewski each had two hits, as WMU scored three unearned runs in the third inning, all with two outs, to pull away.

"Clark pitched well for us and we took advantage of the opportunities that were given to us," said WMU Coach Fred Decker. "We did a good job defensively and that helped as well."

NOTES: Decker's lineup included a redshirt freshmen (3B Mark Abro) and two true freshmen (LF Matt Bolton, CF R.C. Dickerson) ... the contest was scheduled for seven innings.

AKRON 5, WESTERN MICHIGAN 3

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (April 6) — Akron used a ninth-inning balk to score the game-winning run in a 5-3 victory over Western Michigan in the second game of a MAC doubleheader at Hyames Field.

With the contest tied at 3-3 in the top ninth, Zach Straayer was called for a bulk going into his wind up, which sent Zip base runner Brady Steineck home from third. Billy McKinney's double provided an insurance run as Akron managed a split of the weekend series.

WMU opened a 2-0 lead with runs in the second and third before Akron knotted the game with runs of their own in the fifth and sixth frames. Both teams exchanged runs in the seventh to even the game at 3-3.

"We left way too many guys on base," said Decker of the 11 runners left stranded. "We had some plays in the field that didn't go our way and we still need to find some right-handed hitting in our lineup."

The Broncos did turn in a pair of defensive gems. In the third, Matt Bolton made an over-the-shoulder catch in deep left chasing down a fly ball. The next inning, SS Adam Rosales showed excellent range snagging a grounder up the middle to throw a runner out at first.

The Brown & Gold return to action Wednesday (April 9), traveling to Notre Dame for a night game.

NOTES: Tom Fabrizio had three hits to raise his season batting average to .391 ... pinch-hitter Billy McKinney went 2-for-2 with an RBI for Akron.

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