EMU Gets Win, Salvages Split

Eastern Michigan scored two runs in the bottom eighth to record a 4-3 victory over Western Michigan in a Mid-American Conference game held at Oestrike Stadium. The victory gave EMU a split in its four-game series against WMU.

After falling behind 4-2 in the eighth, Western Michigan threatened to tie the game in the ninth. Joe Zacharzewski homered with one out to pull WMU to within a run. After DH Mike Demetral was hit by a pitch, Frank Ballard was inserted as a pinch runner.

Ballard attempted to go from first to third on Steve Horn's single to left, but was thrown out by LF Tim Clouse. Horn was left stranded on second when Andy Roy struck out to end the game.

Zacharzewski finished with two hits, as did outfielders R.C. Dickerson and Tom Fabrizio, who extended his hitting streak to nine games. Making just his second start since early March, WMU's J.R. Mathes pitched five solid innings, giving up four hits and two earned runs. Freshman Mark Rasmussen took the loss, entering in the seventh inning with the game tied, 2-2.

"We didn't get the timely hits when we needed them," said WMU Head Coach Fred Decker. "We left guys on base in key situations and it came back to hurt us."

EMU 1B Luke Beeler drove in three runs while DH Ryan Ford scored twice to help the Eagles improve to 15-19 overall, 6-6 in the MAC West.

Western Michigan (16-19, 9-7 MAC) is off most of this week for final exams, before hosting Central Michigan on Friday (April 25) in a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader at Hyames Field.

NOTES: Rain forced a 56-minute delay in the sixth inning ... the Broncos are 3-7 in one-run decisions this year ... Decker's squad committed just one error over the weekend, raising its fielding percentage to .969.

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