May 4, 2000
KALAMAZOO -- Mike Scott knocked in six runs as the WMU baseball team pounded out 18 hits en route to an 18-2 rout of Detroit on Wednesday (April 3).
Western Michigan is now 21-22 overall. WMU is 7-13 in MAC play heading into a crucial four-game series at Ball State this weekend. The Cardinals and Central Michigan are currently tied for first in the MAC West with identical 13-5 records. Northern Illinois is third (8-10). The Broncos trail NIU by two games with eight MAC games to play. The Huskies host Eastern Michigan in a four-game set this weekend.
Scott, who drove in six runs in the victory at Detroit, had kocked in a total of six runs in 15 games prior to Wednesday's victory. Scott, a junior, was 2-3 with two runs scored. He hit a two-run single in the first inning as the Broncos exploded for nine runs. He drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in the second and slugged a three-run homer in the third.
John Toner and Joe Langschwager also went deep for WMU. Toner hit his team-leading seventh homer of the year. He was 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Langschwager was 2-3 and scored twice. Ryan Kochen collected three hits in four trips to the plate. He also knocked in a pair of runs. Joe Seestadt finished the day 2-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Tim Bellestri scored twice and drove in a run. Jason Richards and James Galla both scored three runs Wednesday.
WMU's offensive outburst made a winner of Josh Clark, who improved to 3-5. He threw three innings, allowing four hits and both runs. He fanned four. Rookie Pat Misch pitched two perfect innings of relief, fanning five and not issuing a walk or hit.
Western Michigan's next home action is May 9, when it hosts Michigan State at 7 p.m. at Sutherland Field, Kalamazoo.
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