Broncos Fail To Get #600

Western Michigan fell behind early and never recovered in suffering a 7-3 loss to Northern Illinois in Mid-American Conference action from Hyames Field. The loss was WMU's third straight.

Northern Illinois scored three runs in the first, then rode the arm of Mark Skrukrud, who tossed a complete game, giving up nine hits and three runs. The Broncos managed single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh frames, but were unable to put any big innings together.

WMU starter Brad Mumma overcame Bronco fielding problems to record his fifth straight complete game. The loss was his first since March 7, snapping a four-game winning streak.

"We didn't do a very good job of executing either at the plate or defensively," said WMU Head Coach Fred Decker, whose team matched a season high with four errors. "I thought we came out a little tentative and we never really got going."

NIU SS Joe Mazzuca singled three times and drove in a pair of runs to help keep the second-place Huskies ahead of WMU in the MAC West Division standings.

WMU and NIU resume their four-game series Saturday with a doubleheader (7/9 inn.) starting at 1:00 p.m. at Hyames Field.

NOTES: WMU's Steve Horn nearly missed a home run with a blast to left that was two feet short of clearing the fence. Horn stroked his first homer of the year Wednesday at Notre Dame ... WMU will attempt to become the first MAC school to reach 600 league wins tomorrow.

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