Wolverines Tie Washington to Finish Texas State Invitational

Feb. 16, 2014

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Site: San Marcos, Texas (Bobcat Ballpark)
Event: Texas State Baseball Invitational
Score: Michigan 7, Washington 7 (8 innings)
Records: U-M (1-2-1), WASH (2-1-1)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 21 -- at Houston (Houston, Texas), 6:30 p.m. CST

SAN MARCOS, Texas -- The University of Michigan baseball team tied for the first time since the 2000 season as the Maize and Blue drew with Washington 7-7 on the final day of the Texas State Invitational on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 16) at Bobcat Ballpark. The game went eight innings, before travel curfew ended the contest in a tie.

The Wolverines jumped on the Huskies early with five runs in the first two innings. Junior Jackson Glines (Coarsegold, Calif./Fresno City C.C.) singled to start the first. He went to third on sophomore Jacob Cronenworth's (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) double and scored on junior Kyle Jusick's (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) sacrifice fly. Freshman Jackson Lamb (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) continued his torrid hitting, belting a two-run home run to right, giving U-M a 3-0 lead. Then in the second, freshman Ramsey Romano (El Cajon, Calif./Valhalla) walked and scored on freshman Johnny Slater's (Southfield, Mich./Southfield Lathrup) double to right. Slater then came around to score on a Glines single to left, giving the Maize and Blue a 5-0 lead after two.

Michigan added a run in the third as Romano singled to right to score Lamb. The Huskies put up two runs in the top of the fourth, but Michigan answered with a run in the bottom of the frame. Sophomore Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) singled, moved to second on a balk and scored on Cronenworth's single up the middle.

Washington tied the game with four runs in the fifth and a run in the sixth. U-M had its best chance to score in the seventh when Jusick led off with a single, but did not score. The game was called after Michigan hit in the eighth due to the travel curfew.

Glines, Cronenworth and Jusick had two hits apiece for the Wolverines, while Lamb drove in a pair. Eight of the nine starters in the U-M lineup had at least one hit in the game. Sophomore Evan Hill (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) started on the mound for Michigan, allowing five hits and six runs with two strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Classmate Jake Balicki (Beverly Hills, Mich./Groves) did not allow a hit in 2.2 innings of relief.

Michigan will return to the Lone Star State next weekend for a three-game series at Houston. Game one is on Friday, Feb. 21, with a scheduled 6:30 p.m. CST first pitch at Cougar Field.

Contact: Kent Reichert (kereiche@umich.edu)

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