Broncos take Three of Four

Brett Smith's RBI single in the bottom seventh lifted Xavier to a 3-2 win over Western Michigan in the second game of a twin bill held at Hayden Field. Despite the loss, WMU managed to take three of four games from the Musketeers (7-9-1), who compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

The Broncos (3-9) trailed the entire game before pulling even with two runs in the seventh. Adam Rosales scored on a single by Steve Horn down the left field line and Frank Ballard crossed home on a sacrifice fly to center by Joe Zacharzewski.

Xavier's Greg Wiggers tossed a four-hitter in a complete game performance for his first win of the season.

Fred Decker's club travels to Indianapolis later this week (March 21-23) to take part in the Butler Classic. WMU meets arch-rival Central Michigan on Friday, followed by a Saturday matinee against Michigan.

NOTES: Shawn Morrison lasted five innings in his first start of the season ... WMU went errorless for the sixth time this season.

G#1 — WMU 10, XAVIER 3 Western Michigan recorded the 1,600th win in school history, posting a 10-3 win over Xavier in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader played at Hayden Field.

The Broncos recorded season-highs in runs (10) and hits (14) to win their third straight game. WMU pushed five runs across in the sixth, sending 10 batters to the plate. Chad Tarpley opened with a home run in his second straight game, while Mark Abro stroked a three-run homer as part of a 5 RBI day. Mike Demetral went 3-for-4 at the plate in his first start as designated hitter.

"This was the best offense we have shown all year," said Decker afterwards. "It's good to see us put some runs up on the board and pitching was solid for us again."

Senior Keith Perez went the distance in his second start — his first action since March 4. Perez showed no signs of rust, fanning seven batters and allowing one earned run over seven innings.

NOTES: Perez's complete game effort was the second straight for WMU, following Brad Mumma's performance on Saturday ... Adam Rosales extended his hitting streak to seven games.

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