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Western Michigan Drops Series Against Akron With Sunday Loss

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 04/22/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- After splitting a doubleheader Saturday, Akron took this weekend's Mid-American Conference series against Western Michigan, 2-1, defeating the Broncos 6-1 Sunday.

Akron broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the fourth and added a final tally in the ninth. All six runs allowed by Western Michigan were unearned.

The Broncos scored their only run in the bottom of the sixth. Patrick Duncan reached on a fielding error by the shortstop and later scored on an RBI groundout by Dan Shutes.

WMU left-handed starter Mike Moyer was chased after 3.2 innings, giving up the five unearned runs in the fourth and six hits. Right-handed freshman reliever Will Nimke worked 4.2 innings and was charged with the run in the ninth. RHP Monty Porter recorded the final two outs.

The Broncos had a chance to take the lead in the bottom of the third when Shutes led off with a double to right field and with one out moved to third on a sac bunt. Zach Thoma hit a shallow fly out to right field and Shutes tagged from third, but would be thrown out at home, ending the inning.

The fourth inning didn't start off well for the Broncos, as Akron put two of its first three on base with a walk and an error. The first run scored on a passed ball and the Zips proceeded to hit four consecutive singles off of Moyer. With the bases loaded, Nimke walked the first batter he faced and then gave up another RBI single before the inning was over.

Western Michigan left the bags full in the bottom of the fourth and stranded two in the fifth.

The Zips scored their final run in the ninth off a leadoff double and an error.

Akron starter Alex Loftin (3-1) tossed six innings to take the win on the mound. Scott Foster collected his second save of the season, hurling three innings of scoreless relief.

Duncan and Andrew Sohn each had two hits for the Broncos, and WMU produced nine hits as a team.

Western Michigan falls to 17-20, 7-7 MAC after the weekend, while the Zips improved to 16-24, 9-6 MAC.

Western Michigan travels to conference leader Kent State next weekend, April 27-29.