WMU throws 10 Homers in Twin Bill Split with Falcons

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The West Michigan baseball team had seven different players who hit a total of 10 home runs in a double-split Saturday at Bowling Green. The Broncos were edged out by the Falcons, 17-16, in the opener of the day, then bounced back to win the Finals, 18-10.

FINAL SCORE (G1): Bowling Green 17, West Michigan 16 (F/8)
LOCATION: Steller Field (Bowling Green, Ohio)
RECORDS: West Michigan (12-23, 9-12 MAC) | Bowling Green (11-24, 8-16 MAC)
W: Owen Recker (1-5) | L : Dane Armbrustmacher (2-3)

FINAL SCORE (G2): West Michigan 18, Bowling Green 10 (F/7)
LOCATION: Steller Field (Bowling Green, Ohio)
RECORDS: West Michigan (13-23, 10-12 MAC) | Bowling Green (11-25, 8-17 MAC)
W: Joe Shapiro (2-6) | L: Connar Penrod (1-3)

Three different Broncos recorded multi-home games on Saturday, with Will Morrison and CadeSullivan do it in the opening, and Dylan Nevar blast a pair in game two. WMU’s seven long balls in Game 1 was a season high.

Connor Charping paced West Michigan’s offense with seven hits for the day, including four in Game 2. Nevar went 6 for 9 in both games, scored a team-high seven times, with a career-high four in the Finals, and drove in four runs. Morrison had seven runs, including a career-best four in Game 1, while Sullivan had six RBIs for the day and tied his career high with five in Game 1.

Bowling Green took an early lead in Game 1, scoring five runs in Game 1. WMU got its first homer of the day in the second, a two-run shot from Sullivan, then came within 6-4 in the third after Charping and Nevar each scored a run.

Trailing 7-4 in the fourth, Morrison cut the gap to one with a two-point outburst, and Josh Swinehart then gave Western Michigan a 9-7 advantage with a three-point shot in the fifth.

The Broncos trailed 10-9 in the sixth and responded by taking an 11-10 advantage after Justin McIntyre and Charping have completed back-to-back homers, the second time this season that WMU has had back-to-back homers. BGSU tied the score in the bottom half at 11-11.

Morrison broke the deadlock with his second two-run homer of the afternoon in the seventh, only to see BGSU tie it in the half and send the contest into the eighth.

Sullivan hit a three-point shot to give Western Michigan a three-point cushion, 16-13, in the top of the eighth, but once again the Falcons rallied, totaling four runs late in the inning to win the victoire.

In Game 2, a sacrificial fly by Sullivan broke the ice, and Nevar followed with a two-run homer to give WMU a 3-0 first-inning advantage. The Falcons then replied with two in their half of the first period.

The Broncos broke for six runs in the third. Swinehart and Charping tackled a run each, with Morrison and jimmy allen each collecting a two-run single to push Western Michigan’s lead to 9-2.

BGSU struck out one late in the third, but Nevar led the fourth with his second long ball of the game, and Greg Budig added an RBI single to extend WMU’s advantage to 11-3. Budig had all five times he came to the plate in the Finals, including a career-high three hits and a career-high tying four RBIs.

Western Michigan’s lead was briefly reduced to 11-6, but the Broncos responded with a fifth three-pointer to cut the margin to eight, 14-6.

Leading 14-9 in the seventh, WMU added four, as Budig hit a three-pointer, his first out and back of the season, and Charping clinched the final Bronco run of the day with a single.

The Broncos and Falcons close their four-game series on Sunday afternoon. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

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