WMU News

Baseball team wins one of four, avoids sweep

April 24, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The WMU baseball team played home and away doubleheaders this weekend versus Central Michigan. On Saturday, the Broncos lost both games on their home field, 5-1 and 8-7. In Sunday's doubleheader at Central, the Broncos lost the opener, 10-5, but won the second, 4-2, to avoid the series sweep.

Western Michigan avoided the sweep behind a complete-game effort by senior Matt Vriesenga. Vriesenga allowed just four hits in seven innings, fanned three, and walked one to improve to 3-2 on the year.

The Broncos are now 6-10 in MAC play, 17-19 overall. WMU hosts Notre Dame on Tuesday (April 25) at 7 p.m. at Annen Field. Admission is free.

WMU Broncos 4, Central Michigan 2 (Sunday, April 23)

Tim Bellestri and Ryan Kochen singled and doubled, respectively, in the first inning and later scored
on groundouts to stake Vriesenga to a 2-0 lead.

CMU scored in the bottom of the fourth but the Broncos answered back with solo runs in the fifth and sixth. Phil Henriksen doubled in the fifth and came around to score on an error. Joe Seestadt slugged his fourth home run of the year in the sixth to seal the win and snap WMU's three-game losing skid. Seestadt finished the day 1-2 with a run scored and two RBI. Bellestri and Kochen both finished 1-3 with one run scored each.

Central Michigan 10, WMU Broncos 5 (Sunday, April 23)

The Broncos fell to CMU in the opening game of the twinbill despite outhitting the Chippewas 10-7. WMU issued 12 free passes and three home runs.

Greg Graham had a big day at the plate for WMU, going 2-3 with a run scored and three RBI. He slugged a two-run homer in the fifth inning, his first roundtripper of the year. James Galla was 2-3 with a run scored while Ryan Kochen collected two hits in four plate appearances. He also knocked in a run and scored once. Jason Richards was 1-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Central Michigan scored twice in the first inning, three in the second, once in the third, and three times in the bottom of the fourth to jump out to a 9-0 lead.

Kody Naylor took the loss. He pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and six runs, all earned. He walked four. Pat Misch and Andy Spencer pitched in relief. Misch allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings. Spencer was tagged for two hits and one run in 2 1/3 innings. He fanned four batters during that stint.

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

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