Broncos Win Opener Over Falcons

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (May 2) — Western Michigan scored three runs in the top 11th to pin a 4-1 loss on Bowling Green in a Mid-American Conference contest held at Warren Steller Field. The victory snapped WMU's nine-game losing streak against BGSU dating to 1997.

Playing for the first time in three seasons, the teams locked into a pitchers' duel. WMU starter Brad Mumma struckout 12 batters over 8.1 innings before being spelled by Zach Straayer, who earned his second win of the season. J.R. Mathes entered in the 11th and recorded his first save. BG's Kyle Knoblauch was just as masterful, fanning 11 Broncos in 9.1 innings of action.

"It was a great pitched game, both guys were hitting their spots," said WMU Head Coach Fred Decker. "Brad threw just great for us ... I believe he had only one bad pitch the entire game."

Bowling Green nearly won the contest in the 10th, loading the bases with no outs. WMU's defense responded, however, with a force out at home, followed by a double play.

WMU generated a two-out rally in the 11th, putting runners on with back-to-back walks to Tony Scheffler and R.C. Dickerson. Freshman Matt Bolton proceeded to clear the bases with a triple to left field, then scored on Mark Abro's bunt single.

RF Tom Fabrizio reached base five times with two singles, a double and two walks, improving his season batting average to .429 — sixth highest in school history. Bolton, Abro and Chad Tarpley finished with two hits apiece.

The Broncos, who have won six of eight league games, remain in second place in the MAC West with a 13-8 mark (.619), just percentage points behind Ball State (.625). The Cardinals were rained out today at Toledo.

WMU-BGSU resume their four-game series with a doubleheader tomorrow at Steller Field, starting at 1:00 p.m. Pat Misch will start game one for the Broncos.

NOTES: Mumma saw his complete games streak end at seven ... the Broncos are 3-1 in extra innings this season ... WMU evened its record at .500 (20-20) for only the second time this year. Decker's squad started the season 0-8.

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