The No. 2 seed Western Michigan baseball team began the 2024 MAC Tournament with an 8-0 victory over No. 3 seed Ball State at Crushers Stadium in Avon, Ohio, advancing to face top-seeded Bowling Green next.

By the Numbers
  • Final Score: No. 2 Western Michigan 8, No. 3 Ball State 0
  • Records: Western Michigan (30-21) | Ball State (33-22-1)
  • W: Brady Miller (6-5) | L: Keegan Johnson (8-3)
State of Play
  • Western Michigan secured their 30th win of the season, reaching this mark for the first time since 2006.
  • The victory ended a three-game losing streak in the MAC Tournament for WMU, securing their first tournament win since 2017.
  • Brady Miller, the winning pitcher, recorded his 20th career win for Western Michigan, becoming the sixth pitcher in team history to achieve this milestone.
  • The Broncos achieved their second consecutive shutout and their sixth of the season, tied for fourth-most in NCAA Division I in 2024.
  • Dylan Nevar hit his 15th home run of the season, placing him among the top five Broncos with 15 or more homers in a single season.
What's Next

Western Michigan will now face No. 1 seed Bowling Green for a spot in the MAC Championship Game, with the game scheduled for Friday evening at 6 pm.

Bottom Line

Western Michigan's impressive victory in the MAC Tournament opener, fueled by stellar pitching and strong hitting performances, propels them to a crucial showdown against top-seeded Bowling Green, marking a significant step towards potential championship contention.