Broncos Take Two from Chippewas

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (April 25) — Joe Zacharzewski's RBI single in the bottom seventh lifted Western Michigan to a 3-2 victory over Central Michigan in the opening game of a Mid-American Conference doubleheader at Hyames Field.

Zacharzewski's line drive to center field scored Tom Fabrizio from second base, who beat the throw home. The Chippewas intentionally walked Chad Tarpley to pitch to Zacharzewski, who also drove in a run in the third inning.

Senior pitcher Brad Mumma tossed his seventh straight complete game to raise his season record to 6-4. Mumma faced a bases-loaded situation in the seventh when SS Adam Rosales turned a double play with 2B Steve Horn to end the inning.

"That double play was not as easy as it look," said WMU Coach Fred Decker. "But once we turned it, I felt as though we we're going to win, dodging a bullet like that."

Fabrizio saw his hitting streak halted at nine games ... redshirt freshman Tony Scheffler, a tight end on the football team, made his collegiate debut at designated hitter, twice reaching base on errors ... the contest was scheduled for seven innings.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (April 25)Western Michigan received solid pitching and timely hitting to hand Central Michigan a 9-3 loss in the second game of a MAC twinbill at Hyames Field. The victory gave WMU a doubleheader sweep of the Chippewas.

Trailing 3-2 after four innings, Bronco bats came alive in the fifth and sixth frames, generating seven runs to put the game out of reach. WMU sent nine batters to the plate in the sixth inning, pushing four runs across.

3B Mark Abro led the Brown & Gold offensively, finishing 3-for-5 and driving in four runs. His triple in the third scored Steve Horn and Matt Bolton in what turned out to be the decisive runs.

Senior Keith Perez went eighth innings on the mound, striking out six batters before giving way to Zach Straayer in the ninth.

"We had timely hitting from several guys and answered back when we got down twice," said Decker. "We pitched well today and won two good games."

WMU (18-19, 11-7 MAC) and CMU (16-19, 5-7 MAC) meet again on Sunday for a 1:00 p.m. MAC doubleheader in Mount Pleasant. Pat Misch is expected to mark his first start since March 28 while J.R. Mathes is slated to throw in the second game.

WMU has swept four doubleheaders this season (Xavier, Marshall, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan) ... the Broncos improved to 7-2 against Michigan schools ... WMU players concluded final exams this week.

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