Baseball swept, plagued by errors

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A Falcon batter swings to hit a pitch in one of the games against Western Michigan.

The BG baseball team finished the weekend 0-3 after being swept by the Western Michigan Broncos in the home, and Mid-American Conference, opener.

The Falcons lost Friday’s matchup 13-6 and both doubleheader matchups Saturday, both 4-3.

The Falcons fall to 4-15 (0-3) on the season as Western Michigan improved its record to 7-15 (3-0).

In the first game of the series, BG started off with a three-run first inning, but WMU answered with six earned runs off of Falcons starter Cody Apthorpe. The Falcons would only score three more runs in the game as the Broncos would score seven in the later innings.

The Falcons’ only extra-base hit out of 13 total in the game came from third baseman Jeremy Shay, who hit a double.

The first game of Saturday’s doubleheader featured early domination by the Western Michigan offense. The Broncos started off the game with a four-run first inning against BG pitcher Mike Frank, but didn’t score a run for the rest of the game.

Frank would go on to pitch six more scoreless innings, taking the loss. The starter’s record is now just 0-4 on the season despite a 3.34 earned run average.

The Falcons never caught up in that game, coming up a run short in a 4-3 loss.

The Falcons started the second game of the doubleheader on a better note. The game began with a two-run first inning for BG, but the Broncos answered with a three-run third inning, giving them the lead.

This game featured more of a pitching duel than in the earlier games of the series. WMU starter Patrick Borlik went 8 1/3 innings, giving up two earned runs and seven hits. BG’s starter Trevor Blaylock nearly matched him, going 6 2/3 innings with a lone earned run.

Blaylock (0-5) and Frank (0-4) are 0-9 on the season while the rest of the starting rotation is 3-4 in 2013.

The Falcons’ next game will be March 26 in Dayton against the Wright State Raiders 8-12 (3-3). The next MAC series is this weekend in Mount Pleasant, Mich. when BG takes on the Central Michigan Chippewas 10-12 (1-2).