Broncos Beat the Spartans

LANSING, Mich. (April 16) — Western Michigan continued its dominance of Great Lake schools with a 4-2 win over Michigan State in non-conference action from Oldsmobile Park. The Broncos have defeated MSU, Michigan and Central Michigan this year, with state bragging rights on the line this weekend against Eastern Michigan.

Junior J.R. Mathes, tossed three innings of one hit ball, before giving way to Charlie Christner. The Broncos used four pitchers on the night, with Clark Sterley earning his first save of the year.

"It was good to be back, although I wish it was little warmer," said Mathes of his first start since March 8. "I wasn't too nervous, I tried to keep things light and I was pleased with the outcome."

WMU built a 3-0 lead in the third, with all runs scoring after two outs. R.C. Dickerson walked and advanced to second on Matt Bolton's single to center. DH Mike Demetral then drove in both players with a double down the right field line. Tom Fabrizio's single brought Demetral home.

MSU closed to within a run in the fifth, when with two outs, SS Alan Cattrysse doubled in pinch-runner Chris Shea and Erik Morris.

WMU answered in its next at-bat, as back-to-back triples from Fabrizio and Adam Rosales provided an insurance run.

"I thought we did a fine job pitching, and on defense, we made all the plays," said WMU Head Coach Fred Decker. "We also got some timely hitting. I was especially pleased when we answered with a run after they scored."

Western Michigan returns to action this Friday, traveling to Eastern Michigan for a 7:00 p.m. start at Oestrike Stadium in Ypsilanti. The four-game MAC series continues Saturday and Sunday.

NOTES: Oldsmobile Park is home to the Class A Lugnuts of the Midwest League...Fabrizio compiled three hits on the night...3B Mark Abro came off the bench to make two solid defensive plays...WMU is 3-1 versus Big Ten teams while the MAC is now 14-12 against the Big Ten.

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