Feb. 24, 2013
Site: Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Tradition Field)
Score: New York Mets 5, Michigan 2 (exhibition)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 1 -- vs. Mount St. Mary's (Port Charlotte, Fla.), 11 a.m.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The University of Michigan baseball team fell to the New York Mets 5-2 in an exhibition game Sunday afternoon (Feb. 24) at Tradition Field. U-M outhit the Mets 8-7 and scored two runs in the game's first three innings, but the Mets had single runs in five different frames to earn the win.
Michigan struck first in the top of the first. Junior Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) and freshman Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) both singled to center to put runners on the corners with one out. O'Neill trotted home on a Jonathon Niese wild pitch to give U-M a 1-0 lead. The Mets plated a run in the bottom of the first as Justin Turner walked with the bases loaded. Senior Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) escaped further damage by striking out Brandon Hicks and getting Anthony Recker to pop out.
Marlon Byrd's RBI single put the Mets up 2-1 in the second, but the Wolverines answered with a run in the top of the third. Senior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) opened the inning with a ground-rule double. He stole second and scored on freshman Jacob Cronenworth's (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) triple. New York scored a run in the bottom of the third as Matt den Dekker's grounder to short scored Hicks.
The Mets scored single runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. Hicks doubled to lead off the fifth, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a passed ball. Wilmer Flores led off the sixth with a solo home run to left.
Biondi led the U-M offensive attack, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Hicks went 2-for-3 with two runs scored for the Mets. Ballantine was tagged with the loss, allowing five hits and three runs with four strikeouts in three innings. Freshman Alex Daar (Clinton Twp., Mich./University Liggett) pitched 2.1 innings, allowing two hits and two runs. Sophomore Donnie Eaton (Ann Arbor, Mich./Father Gabriel Richard) and Cronenworth each pitched hitless and scoreless relief for the Wolverines.
Michigan will open the Snowbird Invitational with a single game Friday (March 1) against Mount St. Mary's in Port Charlotte, Fla. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423