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Courtesy: Jamie Hines

Bronco Baseball Falls to Arizona State

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 02/18/2012
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TEMPE, Ariz.- Western Michigan was held without a run by Arizona State for the second-straight game, falling to the No. 15/17 Sun Devils Saturday, 13-0. ASU scored in each of the first four innings and collected 13 hits in the game, while WMU was limited to just five.

Senior third baseman Ryan McMillin had a pair of base hits, going 2-for-4 at the plate. Jack Scanlon and Andrew Sohn also singled and Troy Forton doubled.

Sophomore LHP Steve Laudicina started on the mound and went 2.1 innings, allowing nine runs on eight hits. He exited in the third after giving up a three-run homer to Michael Benjamin and a solo blast to Andrew Aplin.

Sophomore Monty Porter threw 4.2 innings of relief, and gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits and six walks. Freshman right-hander Nick Bradley made his first collegiate appearance, tossing one scoreless inning.

"It was another tough day on both sides of the baseball," said WMU head coach Billy Gernon. "Arizona State is a quality team with multiple offensive weapons, a very good running game and high level pitching. Having that been said, I am not pleased with our competitive spirit. I don't care who or where we play, I expect our team to battle each and every pitch. When you come into an atmosphere like they have here at ASU, the last thing you can do is play tentatively, and that is what we have been thus far."

"We have another opportunity tomorrow and in baseball, the next day can always be the day that gets things rolling in the right direction."

Western Michigan (0-2) concludes its stay in Tempe with game-three of the series against the Sun Devils (2-0) tomorrow at 2:30 ET.

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