Michigan Unable to Hold Lead at Houston
Kendall Patrick

Feb. 23, 2014

Box Score | Notes

Site: Houston, Texas (Cougar Field)
Score: Houston 4, Michigan 3
Records: U-M (1-5-1), UH (7-0)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 28 -- at North Carolina State (Raleigh, N.C.), 3 p.m.

HOUSTON, Texas -- The University of Michigan baseball team took a two-run lead into the seventh inning before a bases-clearing double gave Houston a 4-3 win on Sunday morning (Feb. 23) at Cougar Field. Four of Michigan's five losses this season have been by one run -- including all three this weekend -- with the other coming by two in 10 innings.

The Wolverines held a 3-1 lead going into the seventh. Fifth-year senior Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) retired the first batter, before Caleb Barker singled. Michigan brought in freshman Brett Adcock (Kawkawlin, Mich./Bay City Central), who gave up a Texas League single to Jordan Stading and an infield single to Jacob Lueneburg. Sophomore Jake Balicki (Beverly Hills, Mich./Groves) came in, and Fulmer double to leftfield for the Cougars' winning runs.

The Cougars opened the scoring in the first as Josh Vidales walked and scored on Kyle Survance's double to left. Michigan quickly answered as senior/junior Kendall Patrick (Mitchell, S.D./Blackhawk College) belted his first home run of his U-M career, a solo shot to left that tied the game at one in the second.

Michigan took a 3-1 lead in the fourth. Junior Kyle Jusick (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) singled and moved to third on sophomore Jacob Cronenworth's (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) single. Both runners scored as Patrick singled to rightfield.

Ballantine had his second straight quality start. He allowed two runs and four hits with four strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched. Adcock took the loss, allowing two runs in the seventh.

Patrick drove in all three Michigan runs while going 2-for-3 at the plate. Junior Jackson Glines (Coarsegold, Calif./Fresno City C.C.) also had two hits for the Maize and Blue.

Michigan opens the USA Baseball-Irish Classic on Friday (Feb. 28) at North Carolina State. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Doak Field in Raleigh, N.C.

Contact: Kent Reichert (kereiche@umich.edu)

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