Broncos Drop Opener to Jayhawks

Western Michigan suffered its sixth-straight defeat with an 8-1 loss to 17th-ranked Kansas to open a four-game series at Hoglund Ballpark. The Broncos are winless on their spring break trip (0-6) while the Jayhawks improved to 14-4.

Quiet bats continue to hurt the Broncos, who mustered only six hits against KU starter Ryan Knippschild. The junior left-handed remains unbeaten at 4-0 with his complete game effort, striking out 12 and giving up one unearned run.

WMU generated its lone run in the top seventh, when Mark Abro reached base on his second hit of the game. He advanced to second on a wild pitch, then scored on a fielding error to short on Adam Rosales' grounder.

The Jayhawks pushed four runs across in the fourth to open a 5-0 cushion, aided by Sean Flynn's two-run homer to left field off Clark Sterley. Sterley, making his first start of the year, yielded five earned runs on six hits before giving way to reliever Mark Rasmussen in the fifth.

"The infield played well for us today, but we didn't swing the bats like we have to," said WMU Head Coach Fred Decker, whose team went errorless for the fourth time this season. "We played some new guys today to change things up, but the bottom line is we need to get better, faster."

Western Michigan will start Brad Mumma (0-1) tomorrow in a 3:00 p.m. CST matinee against the Jayhawks.

NOTES: Kansas is ranked 17th by Collegiate Baseball and 21st by Baseball America ... SS Adam Rosales has taken over the team batting lead with a .333 average ... freshman Dan Lanoue made his collegiate debut in a pinch-hitting role ... the Broncos have committed just six errors in 156 chances.

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