Broncos Drop to 0-5

Arkansas scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to pull out a 4-3 non-conference win over Western Michigan in Baum Stadium at George Cole Field. With the come-from-behind victory, 28th-ranked Arkansas swept the two-game series and remained undefeated at 10-0. WMU dropped to 0-5 on the season.

"This is a tough loss for us, we really had a chance. We scratched out a few runs but we're not hitting the ball well," said WMU Head Coach Fred Decker.

Senior left-hander Pat Misch (0-2) went eight innings on the mound, allowing eight hits and two earned runs. He fanned five batters and threw over 120 pitches in 32-degree weather before giving way to reliever Zach Straayer in the ninth.

Arkansas rallied in their last at-bat with back-to-back doubles from Chris Williams and Clay Goodwin. After a hit batter, SS Scott Hode laid down a sacrifice bunt that was thrown away by Straayer, allowing pinch-runner Scott Bridges to score from third for the winning run.

While disappointed by the loss, Decker was pleased by his team's play. "We did good things defensively and we saw the old Misch today," Decker said of his ace, who allowed eight runs in the season opener. "Pat really pitched well, we just have to find a way to close games out."

SS Adam Rosales led the Broncos offensively, going 3-for-4 at the plate while 3B Mark Abro scored twice. The Razorbacks received three hits from Goodwin and a solo home run from Ryan Fox in the fourth.

Western Michigan continues its spring break trip with a four-game series at No. 17 Kansas, starting tomorrow. First pitch Thursday from Hoglund Ballpark is 3:00 p.m. CST. Straayer, who has appeared in a team-high four games, will make his first start.

NOTES: Rosales leads the Broncos in batting (.350) with seven hits in 20 at-bats ... the Broncos have struck out 48 times in five games and are hitting .190 on the year ... Arkansas is ranked 28th in this week's Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll.

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