The Broncos Tame the Wildcats

EVANSTON, Ill. (May 13) — Western Michigan pitchers combined for a three-hitter to post a 3-1 victory over Northwestern in non-conference action from Rocky Miller Park. The victory improved WMU's record to 5-1 against Big Ten schools.

Western Michigan took advantage of a few breaks in the fourth inning to push three runs across. With two outs and two on, Mark Abro scored from third on a wild pitch. After Adam Rosales blooped a single to right to score Joe Zacharzewski, WMU enountered a bit of luck as R.C. Dickerson's fly ball was lost in the sun by LF Dan Pohlman, resulting in an RBI double. The Brown & Gold threatened again in the seventh, loading the bases, but left three runners stranded.

Northwestern recorded its first hit on David Gretsky's single through the right side with one out in the seventh inning. With two on, pinch-hitter Stanley Finch nearly tied the game with a warning track shot to left, hauled in by Andy Roy.

Coach Fred Decker divided pitching chores among five hurlers, starting Clark Sterley, who tossed two-innings of no-hit ball, as did Keith Perez and Mark Rasmussen. Perez earned the victory to improve to 6-3 on the year, while reliever Zach Straayer logged his fifth save.

"I thought our pitchers threw really well and our defense was solid," said Decker. "I was also pleased that we were able to get some hits even when our hitters had two strikes on them.."

Western Michigan (24-23) returns to action this Friday (May 16), hosting Ball State at Hyames Field in a 3:00 p.m. start.

NOTES: Fabrizio moved into seventh place on WMU's career hits list (202) ... the Broncos wore their gold batting practice jerseys for only the second time this season ... the Wildcats (24-21) finished their home schedule with an 11-5 record.

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