Broncos Swept by Michigan

The Western Michigan University softball team (12-17) was defeated by 12th-ranked Michigan (34-8) Wednesday afternoon in non-conference doubleheader action at Ebert Field, falling 8-2 in the opener and 8-3 in the second game.

Junior Wendy Cannon started game one and allowed just one hit through the contest's first four innings. Unfortunately for the Broncos, the lone base knock was a solo home run by UM's Marissa Young in the top of the second. The Broncos held their own against a pitching staff that is allowing opponents to hit just a collective .186 on the year, loading the bases on three-straight singles in the fourth. However, as has been the case all year, WMU failed to come up with a timely hit. A pair of fielder's choice groundouts and a strikeout ended the threat.

The Wolverines responded with three unearned runs in the next half inning to put the game out of reach. Senior Holly Seales finished the game 2-for-3 from the plate and freshman Julie Brewster came through with an RBI single in the sixth inning.

After allowing the Wolverines to plate a runner in the first, the Broncos responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame. After Andrea Kellicut led off the inning with a walk and eventually advanced to third on a passed ball, Seales' grounder was thrown away by the shortstop and the score was tied at 1-1.

Michigan broke the game open in the later stages, stringing together a pair of three-run innings. Melinda Moulden's three-run shot in the seventh staked her team to a 8-3 lead after WMU had closed the gap to 5-3 with a pair of scores in the sixth. Cannon drove in a pair of teammates with a single to centerfield, but Seales couldn't come through with two outs and the bases loaded.

The Broncos continue their season Thursday afternoon with a doubleheader at Valparaiso.

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