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Baseball Broncos can clinch playoff berth today

May 14, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The WMU baseball team split a key doubleheader against Toledo on Saturday (May 13) at Hyames Field but got some help from a rival in its chase for a Mid-American Conference playoff berth.

The Broncos posted a 5-2 win over UT in the opening game behind a complete game effort from Angelo Palazeti, but fell, 8-0, to the Rockets in the nightcap. WMU moved into third place in the MAC West following Central Michigan's sweep of Northern Illinois (9-15 MAC). The Broncos began the weekend one game behind NIU in the race for the final playoff berth in the West Division.

WMU is now 10-16 in league play, 26-25 for all games. Toledo is 7-19 in the MAC, 19-33 overall. The Broncos control their own destiny and can clinch a playoff berth by defeating Toledo in today's (May 14) doubleheader at Hyames Field. The twinbill begins at 1 p.m.

Palazeti allowed just four hits in seven innings in the opener. The lefty fanned seven batters and walked just one to improve to 6-6 on the year. After allowing both Toledo runs in the first inning, but Palazeti retired 15 of the next 16 UT batters he faced.

Mike Scott knocked in a pair of runs on a 2-2 day at the plate. He also scored once. He doubled in two runs in the first inning. He also slugged a triple in the fourth and scored on James Galla's sacrifice fly. John Toner and Tim Bellestri also drove in runs for WMU. Chris Richter finished the day 2-3. Toner's first-inning double plated Bellestri, who had walked. Bellestri added an RBI fielder's choice in the fourth to score rookie Nate Doorlag. Doorlag was 1-3 with a run scored.

WMU mustered just six hits in losing the second game 8-0. The Broncos' six safeties were their second-lowest of the year. Sophomore Keith Perez was tagged for five hits and six runs in 2-1/3 innings of work. He fanned five Rockets while allowing just one free pass. Josh Clark threw the final 4-2/3, surrendering three hits while whiffing four.

Toner collected two of WMU's hits in a 2-3 day at the plate. Joe Seestadt, Jason Richards, Doorlag, and Richter all had one hit apiece in the loss.

Bronco seniors Joe Langschwager, Andy Spencer, Palazeti, Seestadt, Matt Vriesenga, and Dan Skryd will be honored before today's twinbill against Toledo.

The MAC Baseball Tournament will be held May 17-20 at the home field of the league's top seed.

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

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