Saturday's MAC Baseball Recaps

Updated 2/23/2013

Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments

Ball State 6, Lipscomb 2

Ball State's baseball team tallied a 6-2 win at Lipscomb Saturday afternoon, earning head coach Rich Maloney his 600th career coaching victory.
With the win, the Cardinals improve to 3-3 on the season, while Lipscomb fell to 4-2 overall.
Maloney's career record improved to 600-391 in his 18 years as a collegiate head coach.  Maloney owns a 259-147-1 record as Ball State's head coach.  He is in his eighth year at Ball State, having also coached the Cardinals from 1996-2002.
The Cardinals tallied two runs in the second, three in the third and one in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead heading to the bottom of the fourth.  Lipscomb was able to put together two scores in the bottom of the fourth, but that ended the days scoring and Ball State recorded the victory.
Scott Baker improved to 2-0 on the mound after pitching five innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out three to earn the victory.  Jon Cisna tallied his first save of the season after pitching the final four innings and allowing only one hit, while striking out two.
Offensively, Elbert Devarie led the Cardinals with a 3-for-4 performance, including a triple and two runs-batted-in.  Sean Godfrey added a triple and went 1-for-4 with a run scored.  Cody Campbell was 2-for-4 with one RBI, while Billy Wellman was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.  Blake Beemer was 1-for-4 with two RBI and one double on the day.
Ball State will conclude its four games in Nashville, Tenn., with an 11 a.m. game vs. Bradley Sunday.

Miami 3, Western Carolina 2
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Sophomore Max Andresen drove in all three of Miami's runs, including the game-winner in the top of the 10th, leading the RedHawks to a 3-2 victory over Western Carolina Saturday at Fluor Field. Andresen, Matt Packer and Kevin Bower each finished with a pair of hits in the contest.

Western Carolina (3-3) jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead when its third batter hit a home run to left center. The score stayed that way until the seventh when Miami took a 2-1 advantage. With one out and Dan Walsh at first, Packer singled to put runners on the corners. The RedHawks looked to execute a double steal, but Western didn't bite, instead allowing Packer to take second without a throw.
Andresen made the Catamounts pay. After falling behind 1-2 and fouling off the fourth pitch, he roped a 2-2 offering to right field for a two-run single.
Western Carolina took advantage of a Scott Slappey error in the ninth to force Miami into its second extra-inning game in as many days. A out-out double and groundout put the tying run just 90 feet away and Ryan Powers, who came in from the bullpen one batter into the eighth, got a routine grounder from the Catamounts' No. 8 hitter that would have ended the game. But the ball got away from Slappey to make the score 2-2.
The gift was returned in the Miami 10th. Packer led off the frame with a single to right, but the ball rolled through the centerfielder for a two-base error. Andresen poked a 1-2 pitch past the right side of a drawn-infield to tie his career high for RBIs.
Western Carolina put a runner on first in its half of the 10th, but Brandon Adkins closed the door with a flyout and groundout for the save.
Powers allowed just three hits and an unearned run to earn his first career victory. He walked one and struck out a pair. Starter Mac Thoreson pitched seven strong innings in the no-decision, giving up just six hits, including the home run, while walking one and fanning three.
Preston Hatcher, who entered the game in the 10th for WCU, took the loss to fall to 0-1.
Miami (1-3) concludes play in the First Pitch Invitational tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. against Michigan State. The RedHawks and Spartans were also scheduled to meet last Saturday, but snow in Greenville forced a cancellation.

Ohio 8, Boston College 1

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Freshman Jake Miller worked 8.0 innings and gave up just one earned run to lead the Ohio University baseball team (1-4) to its first win of the 2013 season as it dominated Boston College (1-4) 8-1 Saturday night inside Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium to conclude play in the 2013 Keith LeClair Classic.
Miller (Westerville, Ohio), who was making just his second career collegiate start was very sharp as he allowed just three hits and just one walk to earn his first career win.
Offensively, every Ohio starter recorded a hit as he tied a season-high with 13 hits, while its 3-4-5 hitters went a combined 6-for-15 with four runs and four RBI. Junior Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio), sophomore Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio), sophomore Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) and sophomore Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) all tallied a pair of hits.
Ohio also showcased a strong power game as Madsen and sophomore Brice Nikithser (Pittsburgh, Pa.) each blasted home runs. Prior to tonight's game, Ohio had not registered a home run.
The Bobcats opened the scoring in the first inning thanks to a single into centerfield by Wells, which brought in Black from second base. Black got on base after he singled up the middle.
In the third inning, Ohio put up four runs on six hits to increase its lead to 5-0. Senior Dan Schmidt (Kamiak, Wash.) got the inning started with a single through the left side. Two batters later, freshman Nick Squires (Plain City, Ohio) doubled to right center field, advancing Schmidt to third. Black followed with a single through the left side to drive in both Squires and Schmidt. Two batters later, Gaertner singled into center field, which drove in Black and Madsen.
The `Cats added another run in the fifth thanks to a solo home run over the right field wall by Madsen, which made the count 6-0. In the sixth, Ohio tacked on another run thanks to a single up the middle by Otto, which plated freshman John Adryan (Delran, N.J.) from third. Adryan reached base after he doubled to left centerfield.
In the eighth, Nikithser added the `Cats final run of the evening as he drilled a home run down the left field line. Prior to his eighth-inning at bat, Nikithser was the only Bobcat, who had not recorded a hit.
Boston College's lone run came in the eighth inning off the bat of Stephen Sauter as he hit a solo home run over the right field wall.
Ohio returns to action on Friday, March 1 as travels back to North Carolina to face off against Virginia Tech at 3:30 p.m. The Bobcats' matchup with Virginia Tech will mark the first of a three-game stretch where they will also play Rhode Island (March 2) and Massachusetts (March 3).

Louisville 8, Akron 0
AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron (0-5) baseball team fell to the University of Louisville (4-1) by a score of 8-0 on Saturday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium in the second game of a three game series.
Freshman John Valek III made the first start of his collegiate career on Saturday. Valek tossed 4.0 innings with four earned runs allowed and four walks issued. The southpaw's record now stands at 0-1 this season.
"I think Valek threw well today. He ended up throwing good pitches, despite a couple miscues behind him. Because of the miscues, Louisville benefited from extra at-bats," Head Coach Rick Rembielak said following Saturday's loss.
Matt LaRocca and Sam Trecaso pitched well coming out of the bullpen following the exit of Valek. LaRocca registered 2.0 innings pitched with one earned run allowed and three strikeouts, while Trecaso threw 1.2 innings with one hit issued.
The Akron offense registered a total of six base hits, two stolen bases, and five walks. Devan Ahart had a strong day at the plate, as the junior tallied two hits, one stolen base and one walk. Gerrad Rohan also had two hits on Saturday afternoon.
Freshman Daulton Mosbarger started his third game in a row, and played in left field. Mosbarger saw the ball well this afternoon, as he registered three walks.
"We had a couple more batters have better at-bats… The lineup had better swings in the second game against Louisville," Rembielak said of the offense, "We're working to improve in all phases of the game, and we will continue to work on each aspect going forward."
Akron and Louisville will play the finale of the three game series on Sunday at 1 p.m., in Patterson Stadium. Freshman JT Brubaker is expected to be the starting pitcher. 
Murray State 2, Bowling Green 1
MURRAY, Ky.—Mike Frank surrendered just two hits over his seven innings of work on Saturday afternoon, but he was tagged with as the tough-luck loser as the Bowling Green State University baseball team fell 2-1 to Murray State.
The Thoroughbreds led off the bottom of the first with a double into the left-centerfield gap. The next batter would bunt him over, but the Falcons would throw the ball down the right field line, allowing Murray State to jump out to a 1-0 lead. Frank would settle in from there, but Murray State led 2-0 after just an inning.
Frank allowed just two more base runners the rest of the afternoon. After a throwing error by the Falcons allowed a runner to reach in the third, the right-hander retired 11 straight before a single in the seventh. Frank struck out six batters on the afternoon, while not surrendering a walk.
The Falcons out-hit Murray State on Saturday, pounding out seven hits. Three times, however, the Orange and Brown hit into inning-ending double plays to end threats.
In the top of the fifth, Logan Walker got the Falcons going with a one-out double. The very next batter, Jake Thomas, would drive him home to put the Falcons on the board.
The Falcons were back at it in the sixth inning, as Patrick Lancaster beat out a ground ball for an infield hit to lead off the inning. When MSU pitcher Cameron Finch bobbled Brian Bien’s sacrifice bunt attempt back to the mound, the Falcons had runners on first and second with nobody out. A passed ball would move the runners both into scoring position.
Unfortunately, the Falcons wouldn’t capitalize, as a ground out to the pitcher kept the runners where they were. T.J. Losby would line a ball up the middle, looking as though it would give the Falcons the lead. However, Thoroughbred 2B Dylan Wheeler would stab the ball out of the air, and flip it to the shortstop at the bag to double up the runner and end the threat.
Murray State pitching would retire seven straight to end the game, keeping the Falcons off the scoreboard for the 2-1 victory.
Bowling Green will try to salvage the series tomorrow afternoon, as the two teams take to the diamond for the finale at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT. Murray State will provide live stats and free live video of the contest.
Buffalo 9, Maryland-Eastern Shore 6 (Game 1) -- Boxscore
Maryland-Eastern Shore 6, Buffalo 4 (Game 2) -- Boxscore

LEXINGTON, VA - After poor weather pushed the weekend schedule back a day, the Buffalo baseball team (2-3) split a pair of Saturday games on the campus of Virginia Military Institute. The Bulls beat Maryland-Eastern Shore (1-2) 9-6, but lost to the host Keydets (1-4) 6-4 in the second game of the day.
In game one, the Bulls were able to jump on the Hawks early, scoring all nine runs in the first four innings of play. After UMES scored a lone run in the first inning, the Bulls answered back with two in the bottom of the first. Jason Kanzler hit a one-out solo home run to tie the score, and Alex Baldock and Tyler Mautner hit back-to-back doubles to put UB up for good. Another pair of runs would come in on a two-run home run by Jon Mestas in the second inning. The senior pulled his first homer of the season over the left field wall to bring in Kyle Figgins, who preceded him with a single.
The Bulls would really blow the game open in the third inning. After the Hawks scored a lone run to make it 4-2, Buffalo earned walks to the first two batters in the third inning. Mautner would bring in one run on a single, and after a sacrifice bunt moved two runners into scoring position, Michael Scarcello found the left center field gap to bring in both runners. He would be scored by Figgins, who line a double of his own down the right field line.
The final run scored by UB would come in the fourth, when Mike Burke scored Thomas Richards on a two-out single through the left side.
Maryland-Eastern Shore would make it a game late, scoring three runs in the final two innings that included two unearned runs in the ninth off reliever Daniel Ginader.
Anthony Magovney earned the win thanks to a solid outing, allowing three runs over six innings of work. He struck out five batters and scattered seven hits in his time on the mound. Ginader allowed only one earned run in three innings out of the 'pen, striking out a pair and walking none.
The Bulls were consistent in its second game, but a hiccup in the middle innings proved to be enough to lift the Keydets to the win. Scoring would open up in the top of the second, when Baldock led off with a solo home run, and Mestas drove in Scarcello on a single through the left side that converted an early single from Scarcello. Another run would come in thanks to a VMI error in the fifth, but the host Keydets would respond with five runs to take a 5-3 lead.
The game would be drawn within one in the seventh, when Kanzler struck for his second home run of the afternoon. VMI added a sixth insurance run in the bottom of the eighth and Buffalo would fall in order in the top of the ninth.
Tyler Wilson took the loss out of the bullpen. Mike McGee threw 5.1 innings as the starter, striking out two and allowing three runs. River McWilliams threw 2.2 innings of relief and allowed one run.
The two teams will play again tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 12:30 pm.
Western Kentucky 12, Central Michigan 6
Mount Pleasant, Mich.- Central Michigan fell to Western Kentucky 12-6 in game two of a three-game series. Sophomore centerfielder Nick Regnier led the Chippewas with three hits and three RBIs.
Central Michigan (2-4) trailed 5-6 going into the bottom of the fifth inning before the Hilltoppers strung together five unanswered runs. Ryan Messex singled to left for Western Kentucky to bring in Ryan Huck from third. Matthew Paculan made the score 9-5 in favor of the Hilltoppers with a two run single. 
Western Kentucky kept the momentum in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs. Junior pitcher Kenton San Miguel came in to relieve freshman Taylor Lehnert on the mound for the Chippewas, but walked three of the first four batters faced. Scott Wilcox scored on a wild pitch from third, and Anderson Miller singled to bring in Devin Kelly and advance Huck to second.
Central Michigan jumped out to an early lead in the first inning with Nick Regnier reaching base on an error by Western Kentucky that brought home freshman Logan Regnier.
After giving up two runs in the bottom of the first, the Chippewas retook the lead in the second with a sophomore Tyler Huntey sac fly to score freshman Neal Jacobs, and an RBI single to center by Noel Santos to score freshman Morgan Oliver.
Central Michigan lost its lead in the fourth inning. Huntey walked on a 3-1 count and advanced to second on a balk. Huntey put Central Michigan on top 5-4 thanks to an error at first base off a hit by Santos. Western Kentucky answered though in the bottom of the fourth with two runs.
Nick Regnier went three of four at the plate with three RBIs. Logan Regnier added in two hits and two runs from the leadoff position. Huntley and Santos each had one run and one RBI.
Pat Kaminska (0-2) got the start and pitched 3.1 innings, giving up nine hits and six runs. Taylor Lehnert pitched 1.2 innings, surrendering three hits and three earned runs. San Miguel faced seven batters on one inning of work, and Jimmy McNamara gave up two hits and one run in two innings.
The Chippewas close the three-game series at Western Kentucky Sunday, Feb. 24. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. 
Washington State 8, Eastern Michigan 4 (Game 1) -- Boxscore
Washington State 1, Eastern Michigan 0  (Game 2) -- Boxscore
PULLMAN, Wash. ( — The Eastern Michigan University and Washington State University baseball teams braved below-freezing wind chills to play the first of two doubleheaders Saturday, Feb. 23, at Bailey-Brayton Field. The Eagles (1-3) dropped both games to the Cougars (3-2) by scores of 8-4 and 1-0, respectively.
Game one belonged to the offenses as both squads tallied double-digit hits along with nine extra-base knocks. A five-run third inning for WSU proved to be the difference as the Eagles failed to take advantage of late-innings walks from Cougars relievers.
Kendall Lewis and Joe Pistorese put on a show from the mound in the second game, but the contest would ultimately be decided by the bullpens. The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the ninth, when the Cougars won it on a walk-off double.
The four-game series concludes Sunday, Feb. 24, with a doubleheader beginning at noon pacific (3 p.m. ET).
Game One
Saturday's opener featured a combined 11 runs through the first three innings. Unfortunately for EMU, eight of those runs went to the Cougars, who handed starter Neil Butara (0-2) his second loss of the season. Butara lasted seven innings in brutal weather conditions, giving up eight runs (six earned) and 12 hits while striking out one.
Tanner Chleboard (1-1) lasted five innings for the Cougars and picked up his first win of the year. He allowed four earned runs and seven hits to go along with a strikeout.
Blustery winds played a key role in the two clubs racking up nine extra-base hits including five doubles and four triples. Ironically, there were no home runs. Jamie Simpson notched his second three-bagger of the season in a 2-for-5 effort while leadoff man Daniel Russell was 3-for-4 with a walk and a pair of runs scored. 
Yale Rosen tallied the game's first run in the bottom of the first with an RBI single. EMU promptly tied the contest, 1-1, in the top of the second as third baseman Mitchell McGeein used a sacrifice fly to drive in Simpson, who notched a one-out triple in the previous at-bat.
Nearly the same situation played out in the following inning as the Green and White answered two Cougars' runs with a pair of its own to make it a 3-3 score. WSU scored its runs on a pair of RBI triples, while the Eagles got an RBI double from John Rubino and a run-scoring single off the bat of Lee Longo.
A bone-chilling breeze did little to cool down Washington State's bats in the bottom of the third inning as the Cougars sent nine men to the plate and tacked on five runs for an 8-3 advantage. WSU turned in a five-hit frame and benefited from a Nick Rotola fielding error at second base for a pair of unearned markers.
The Eagles would not get back on the scoreboard until the fifth inning, when Russell crossed home plate on an RBI double from Sam Ott. Ott made it as far as third base, but was stranded there as the score stood at 8-4. 
Over the final four innings, EMU posted several scoring chances but was unable to claw its way back into the game despite WSU reliever Sean Hartnett issuing five free passes over 3.1 innings of work. 
Game Two
The nightcap resulted in a pair of masterful pitching performances from starting pitchers Lewis and Pistorese. Neither starter earned a decision, however, as Washington State scored the game's only run in the bottom of the ninth inning against freshman lefty Devon Bronson (0-1) for the 1-0 win.
Lewis scattered four hits over seven innings and sprinkled in a trio of strikeouts. Pistorese also tallied three punch-outs and tossed eight innings of six-hit baseball. WSU reliever Kellen Camus (1-0) earned the win after pitching a spotless ninth inning.
Unlike in game one, offense of any kind was at a premium in the second contest as both sides managed just six hits apiece. Longo was the only player on either team to earn a multiple-hit game with a 2-for-4 showing.
EMU's first scoring threat came in the fourth inning, when Longo looped a one-out double down the left-field line. The EMU designated hitter would end up being cut down at third base on a fielder's choice. In the bottom of that frame, Jason Monda reached third base on a throwing error, but Lewis fooled PJ Jones for strike three to end the inning and leave Monda stranded.
In the eighth, Dae Bowden led off with a single. Marquise Gill then put a ball in play which was mishandled by Pistorese. That put two on with nobody out. A Russell sacrifice bunt put the Eagles' potential first run just 90 feet away, but John Rubino fouled out and Ott flied out to center and the game remained scoreless.
With the departure of Lewis, Head Coach Jay Alexander threw the youngster Bronson into the fire for the bottom of the eighth. Bronson retired batters 8-9-1 in order with a strikeout.
It would again be up to Bronson to face the heart of the Cougars' order in the ninth. Nick Tanielu led off with a single and Yale Rosen was intentionally walked two batters later to put two on with one out. Jones then stepped up to bat and delivered the game-winning double to left-center.
San Diego 18, Kent State 11 (Game 1) -- Boxscore
Kent State 9, San Diego 5 (Game 2) -- Boxscore
Recaps coming soon... 
Nevada 13, Northern Illinois 0 (Game 1) -- Boxscore
Northern Illinois 12, Nevada 4 (Game 2) -- Boxscore
RENO, Nev. - Northern Illinois earned its first win of the season in game two of its doubleheader at Nevada, led by a five run seventh inning and 19 total hits to defeat the Wolf Pack for the first time in program history, 12-4. The 19 hits are most by NIU since hitting 17 at Illinois-Chicago May 2, 2012. The Huskies fell in game one, 13-0.
The morning's contest in Reno started respectably as the Huskies trailed 3-0 after five innings of play. The Wolf Pack would combine for five runs apiece in the seventh and eighth innings to finish the game, 13-0.
"The first game was disappointing because it started out a very good game and we just did not finish the way we started," said Head Coach Ed Mathey, "We didn't capitalize on our chances and Nevada just kept piling it on."
After a stern talk from Mathey in the club house between games, the Huskies started the contest with resolve as they scored three runs after a sextet hits in the opening frame. Micah McCulloch (Rochelle/Rochelle Township), Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo./Kearney) and Tommy Hook (Lockport/Lockport Township) all drove in an RBI in the opening frame.
"We told the guys that they needed to come out and compete and make plays," said Mathey, "I told them we don't need to be the most talented team but we need to make baseball plays - that's what baseball players do."
Starting pitcher Eli Anderson (Glenview/New Trier) posted zeros on the Wolf Pack's line score through the first four innings and surrendered a run in the fifth and sixth innings before Anthony Andres (Western Springs/St. Rita) stepped onto the mound to close the inning. Anderson earned the win, surrendering a mere four hits with three strikeouts, two earned runs and two walks. It was the second win of his career as a starting pitcher.
"Eli set the tone for the game, pitching with conviction and challenging the Nevada hitters. He tired a little bit at the end but that didn't take away from how he pitched," added Mathey
In the seventh, Northern Illinois unleashed a fury of hits, six, to score five runs - the most by the Huskies since the top of the ninth inning at Southern Illinois March 17, 2012. Nate Ruzich (Joliet/South Suburban College) and Jameson Wells (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly) singled to reach base and were driven home by Brian Sisler's (DeKalb/DeKalb) three run home run over the left field fence to make it a 6-2 game.
It did not end there as Jeff Zimmerman (Tinley Park/Andrew) and Landon Tenhagen (Burlington, Wis./Madison Area Technical College) hit back-to-back doubles to score one. An RBI single by Klonowski made it 8-2 to close the scoring rally in the seventh.
"The hitters were the story of the day but I was really happy that we continued to hit the ball after Brian's home run. That five run inning really showed us what we are capable of. The biggest challenge now is to have a repeat performance of and take it to them to earn the series split," closed the skipper.
Northern Illinois would tack on one more run in the eighth inning and three more in the ninth to close the win, 12-4. Nevada accounted for its final two runs in the eighth inning. The win by NIU was the program's first in February since an 11-10 victory at Mississippi State in 2009.
Tenhagen finished 4-for-6 at the plate with three RBI while Sisler finished with a game-high four RBI and three hits in five at bats. Batters one through eight each recorded a hit in the game with the top four batters combining 13-for-22 (.591).
The Huskies will close the series with the Wolf Pack tomorrow afternoon to attempt the series split. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. Central.
Virginia 5, Toledo 0
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Toledo was stymied offensively for a second-consecutive day, dropping a 5-0 decision to No. 25 Virginia on Saturday at Davenport Field. With the setback, the Rockets fall to 1-3 on the season.
UT was limited to five hits against a pair of UVA hurlers, en route to being shutout for a second-straight day. Toledo suffered a 15-0 loss to the unbeaten Cavaliers (6-0) in yesterday's series opener. This marked the first time Toledo has been blanked in back-to-back contests under the direction of 10th-year skipper Cory Mee.
Junior LF Zack Michael (2-for-3) was the lone bright spot offensively for the Midnight Blue & Gold, finishing with a team-high two hits. The third-year Rocket has now tallied multi-hit effort in each of the first two games this weekend. 
Senior CF Ben Hammer (1-for-3),sophomore 3B Anthony Smith (1-for-4) and sophomore SS Nate Langhals (1-for-3) were also credited with UT's other hits in today's non-league affair.
Despite not producing offensively, Toledo was able to keep the game close behind the outstanding performance of senior LHP Kyle Shaw (1-1). The southpaw hurler was brilliant in a second-consecutive start, giving up only one run on four hits with two punchouts in 6.0 innings.
The game was scoreless until the sixth frame when Virginia's Kenny Towns (2-for-3, RS, RBI) belted a triple to left center to score Brandon Downes (2-for-3, 2 RS, 3 RBI) with the eventual game-winning run. Downes reached base on a two-out walk. The tally was the first giving up by Shaw in 12.0 frames this spring.
The host Cavaliers then put the contest away in the eighth inning, taking advantage of a three-run blast by Downes off Toledo sophomore RHP Andrew Marra. 
Virginia LHP Scott Silverstein (1-0) was credited with the victory, yielding four hits with four strikeouts in 6.1 innings. RHP Whit Mayberry came on in relief of Silverstein and was equally as effective, surrendering only one hit over the final 2.2 frames to collect his first save of the season.
The Rockets and Cavaliers will wrap up their three-game series tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. Freshman RHP Kyle Slack is slated to make his collegiate debut on the mound.
Western Michigan 2, Minnesota 0 (Game 1) -- Boxscore
Minnesota 15, Western Michigan 1 (Game 2) -- Boxscore
MINNEAPOLIS- The Bronco baseball team picked up a 2-0 win in the opening game of Saturday's doubleheader at Minnesota for WMU's first win of the season. Western Michigan fell in the nightcap, 15-1.
Mike Moyer and Patrick Borlik combined for a three-hit shutout in game one. Moyer (1-1) went 5.2 innings for the win, yielding two hits and striking out two. Borlik went the rest of the way to earn the save, giving up just one hit and fanning three batters.
WMU had nine hits in the game, its most this season. Sophomore Andrew Sohn and junior Theo Piccirilli both went 3-for-4 at the plate, while freshman Brandon Cable went 2-for-3. Piccirilli and Cable each drove in a run.
The Broncos were held to five hits in game two, Cable, Kurt Hoekstra, Hunter Prince, Steve Buglione and Jared Kujawa recording one apiece. Cable drove in WMU's lone run in the second.
Seven different pitchers took the mound for WMU. Sophomore Will Nimke took the loss, allowing five runs in an inning and a third.
Western Michigan (1-6) and Minnesota (3-3) concludes the series tomorrow with a 12:05 ET first pitch.