WMU News

Softball Broncos win three straight to conclude season

May 7, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The WMU softball team concluded the season by sweeping Toledo in three games in Mid-American Conference play at WMU's Ebert Field.

In Saturday's (April 6) doubleheader, WMU took the opening game, 4-3, before rallying to claim the second contest, 3-2. In Friday's single game, WMU blanked the Rockets, 2-0, holding Toledo to just one hit.

WMU concluded the season with its first MAC sweep of the year and first three-game winning streak. The Broncos won five of their final six games of the season. Their only loss in that stretch was a 2-1 defeat in extra innings at Michigan State.

Just prior to the three-game series with Toledo, head coach Kim Worden announced (May 4) that she has resigned effective June 30, completing 13 seasons as the winningest head coach in team history. The Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year in 1997, Worden finished with 321 career coaching victories, more than any other female head coach in any sport in school history.

In Saturday's doubleheader vs Toledo, everyone in the lineup got to the plate in the Broncos' four-run fifth inning in game one. Junior Nicole Drabecki got things started with a triple and the team scored all of its runs after there were two outs.

Two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning in game two gave WMU a 3-2 lead and the squad held on for the one-run victory. With runners on second and third and two out in the top of the seventh, senior left fielder Jen Myslinski saved the day with a diving catch in shallow left field to end the game.

Led by Alison Honaman's pitching performance, WMU posted a 2-0 victory over Toledo Friday afternoon (April 5) at Ebert Field.

Honaman allowed only one Rocket base hit, while striking out six batters. Jen Myslinski took care of the offense with an RBI triple in the third inning. She later scored on a sacrifice fly by Pam Labar.

WMU completed the 2000 season with an overall record of 14-31 and a Mid-American Conference mark of 7-13.

Media contact: Scott Kuykendall; 616 387-4138; scott.kuykendall@wmich.edu

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