AVON, OH (1660 THE FAN) – A six-run ninth inning was not enough Friday as the fifth-seeded Western Michigan baseball team was eliminated from the Mid-American Conference tournament by the eighth-seeded Buffalo Bulls, 10-8.
The Broncos trailed by eight heading into the final frame, and scored four of the final runs with two outs. Senior Jack Scanlon sparked the rally with a two-out two run bomb that reached the scoreboard in right, cutting the lead to 10-6. Scanlon finished 1-for-5 for the game.
Western’s bullpen was stretched to the limit after starter Will Nimke gave up six runs on four hits in 4.1 innings of work. Four relievers combined to give up six more hits and four more runs to Buffalo. The Bull starter, Mike Burke went eight innings, striking out four and giving up 10 hits.
The Broncos end the 2012 season with a 26-29 overall record. They defeated No. 4 Ohio in the first round of the tournament and fell to No. 1 Kent State Thursday, 12-3.