Feb. 23, 2013
Site: Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Tradition Field #5)
Score: Michigan 10, Fordham 2; Fordham 14, Michigan 11
Records: U-M (2-4), Fordham (1-2)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 24 -- vs. New York Mets - exhibition (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), 12:10 p.m.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The University of Michigan baseball team split a doubleheader with Fordham Saturday afternoon (Feb. 23) at Tradition Field #5 at the New York Mets' Spring Training complex. Michigan won the opener of the double dip, 10-2, and fell in the nightcap, 14-11.
In the opener, Michigan struck first in the second inning. Sophomore Kevin White (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) tripled to the wall in rightfield. He trotted home on a sacrifice fly from classmate Kyle Jusick (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) to give the Maize and Blue a 1-0 lead. The Wolverines extended that lead to 4-0 in the fourth. White singled to lead off the frame, stole second and scored on a Jusick double over the centerfielder's head. Jusick scored on a single up the middle from senior/junior John DiLaura (Clinton Twp., Mich./Warren DeLa Salle). Sophomore Dylan Delaney (Woodland Hills, Calif./Chaminade) brought in DiLaura from first on a double, giving the Maize and Blue the four-run cushion.
Jusick drove in his third run of the day in the fifth as his single scored White, giving Michigan a 5-0 lead. Fordham scored a pair of runs in the top of the sixth, but U-M answered with three in the bottom of the inning. Junior Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) drove in a pair of runs with a double to the gap in left. Freshman Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) doubled in O'Neill to push the lead out to 8-2. Michigan extended the lead to 9-2 in the seventh on a DiLaura sacrifice fly. Maezes ended the scoring with his first career home run, a solo shot to right in the eighth inning.
White was a perfect 4-for-4 in the opener with four runs scored, while Jusick went 2-for-2 with three runs batted in. DiLaura drove in a pair with two runs scored, and O'Neill and Maezes had two hits apiece. Freshman Evan Hill (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) gave Michigan another solid start. He went 5.2 innings, giving up five hits and two runs with a pair of strikeouts. Fifth-year senior Chad Jasman (Bay City, Mich./Western) picked up the save, striking out five and not allowing a hit in the final 3.1 innings of play.
Fordham jumped on the Maize and Blue in the nightcap, scoring nine runs in the first two innings of play. Michigan scrapped a run across in the second as junior Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) scored on a wild pitch. Fordham extended its lead to 11-1 in the fourth, before Michigan started chipping away at the lead. Martin tripled and scored with DiLaura on a two-out single from Delaney. Then in the fifth, O'Neill walked, stole second and third and scored on a single from freshman Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) to make it 11-4.
The Maize and Blue scored single runs in the sixth and seventh. Delaney's groundout scored Martin in the sixth. Then in the seventh, O'Neill singled, moved to second on a Maezes hit by pitch, went to third on a Cronenworth single and scored on a White double play ground ball. Fordham scored three runs in the eighth inning to extend its lead to 14-6, but Michigan plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame as a Cronenworth ground-rule double scored a pair of unearned runs.
Michigan made things interesting in the ninth. Fordham reliever Tim Swatek hit Jusick and Martin to open the inning. DiLaura singled to load the bases. Freshman Jack Sexton (Goldens Bridge, N.Y./Fordham Prep) pinch hit and flew out to center, bringing home Jusick. Senior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) singled home Martin, cutting the lead to 14-10. O'Neill reached on an error to reload the bases, and another error brought in a run, setting up a bases-loaded, two-out situation. Michigan could not get the winning run across as White struck out to end the game.
Cronenworth went 3-for-6 with three RBI on the game, while Delaney drove in three runs. Martin scored four runs and was 2-for-3 at the plate. Sophomore Trent Szkutnik (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) was tagged with the loss, allowing six earned runs and seven hits in 1.2 innings. Sophomore Matt Ogden (Aurora, Colo./Smoky Hill), pitched five innings of relief, allowing two runs and striking out two.
Michigan will play the New York Mets in an exhibition game Sunday afternoon (Feb. 24) at 12:10 p.m. inside Tradition Field. Senior Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) will take the hill for the Maize and Blue, while the Mets will counter with Jonathan Niese.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423