Broncos Sweep Eagles

Senior Keith Perez tossed the third shutout of his career in leading Western Michigan to an 8-0 victory over Eastern Michigan in the opening game of a Mid-American Conference doubleheader at Oestrike Stadium. The contest was scheduled for seven innings.

Perez, a former draft pick of the Detroit Tigers, allowed just four hits and struck out seven batters to add to his career K record at WMU (now at 260). Perez received plenty of offensive support, as WMU pushed all eight runs across in the first four innings. Redshirt freshman Mark Abro went 4-for-4 at the plate with three runs and three RBI while RF Tom Fabrizio drove in four RBI.

The Eagles had just one runner reach third base in suffering its first shutout loss in 103 games.

NOTES: The win marked WMU's largest margin of victory this season ... EMU's last shutout loss occurred April 22, 2001 against WMU by an identical 8-0 score.

Western Michigan moved into a tie for second place in the MAC West Division with a 7-3 victory over Eastern Michigan in the second game of a MAC doubleheader at Oestrike Stadium. The Broncos are 9-6 in league play, tied with Northern Illinois with a .600 winning percentage.

WMU used another strong start, scoring six times in the first three innings, to complete a doubleheader sweep of the Eagles.

The duo of Tom Fabrizo and Mark Abro continued their torrid hitting, compiling three hits each. Fabrizo finished 6-for-9 with seven RBI on the day while Abro went 7-for-9 with five runs scored.

"Those guys really led us today," said WMU Head Coach Fred Decker. "Tom just smashed the ball today and Mark has really been swinging the bat well. It all came together for us — solid pitching, good defense and timely hitting."

WMU starter Clark Sterley threw eight innings before being spelled by Zach Straayer in the ninth. Dale Hayes came in for the Eagles in the fourth and gave up just three hits the rest of the way.

Western Michigan (16-18 overall) closes its four-game series against Eastern Michigan Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

NOTES: The doubleheader sweep was WMU's third of the season (also accomplished against Xavier and Marshall) ... Fabrizio's .425 batting average is the sixth-best season total in school history ... WMU is now 5-1 against Division I teams in the state: 2-1 vs. EMU, 1-0 vs. UM, 1-0 vs. MSU, 1-0 vs. CMU.

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