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Baseball Broncos hand Miami first MAC loss

April 10, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University baseball team posted a split with Miami University in its first home doubleheader of the 2000 season, Sunday, April 9.

After suffering a 17-2 setback in its 2000 home opener, Western Michigan bounced back with a 4-3 victory in Game 2. WMU handed the RedHawks, the preseason favorite in the East, their first Mid-American Conference loss of the season.

Western Michigan is 13-13 overall, 2-4 in the Mid-American Conference following the split. Miami is 20-9 overall, 5-1 in conference play.

The Broncos host Bowling Green today (April 10) at 1 p.m. at Hyames Field.

The Broncos gained the split against the RedHawks behind some strong pitching by sophomore Keith Perez in the nightcap. Perez went the distance, fanning 11 batters and scattering six hits. Perez stranded nine RedHawk batters on the day.

John Toner was 3-4 with two doubles and two RBI. He was 5-7 on the day. Shortstop Ryan Kochen went 3-3 with two runs scored. Greg Graham was 2-2 off the bench for Western Michigan.

James Galla drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning to knot the score at 3-3. Tim Bellestri came through with a clutch single to left in the bottom of the sixth to score Graham with the go-ahead run.

The RedHawks spoiled WMU's home opener with the 17-run outburst in the opening game. Miami scored two runs in the fourth inning to break a 2-2 tie and added six runs in the fifth and seven in the seventh frame to blow the game wide open.

Angelo Palazeti was tagged with the loss. He threw 4 1/3 innings, allowing four hits, four walks, and seven runs, five of which were earned. John Toner went 2-3 with his ninth double of the year in the loss and also scored a run for the Broncos. Ryan Kochen posted a 1-3 performance at the plate and scored WMU's other run.

Media contact: Geoff Brown; 616 387-4138; geoffrey.brown@wmich.edu

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