Feb. 29, 2012
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The University of Michigan baseball team fell in its first true road game of the season 8-1 at Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday night (Feb. 29) in Swanson Stadium. The Michigan offense was held to just four hits.
The Maize and Blue took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as sophomore Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) blasted a solo home run over the wall in left field, his third dinger of the season and fifth in his U-M career.
Florida Gulf Coast scored a pair in the second to take a lead it never relinquished. The Eagles scored single runs in the third and fifth frames and added insurance with a four-run eighth inning.
Freshman Trent Szkutnik (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) struck out eight in 3.1 innings of relief. He gave up just one hit with four runs and five walks. Junior Kyle Clark (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) took the loss, allowing eight hits and four runs with three strikeouts and three walks in a four-inning start.
Freshman Zach Zott (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) picked up a hit in his first career game. Sophomore Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) and redshirt sophomore John DiLaura (Clinton Twp., Mich./Warren DeLa Salle) also had hits for the Wolverines.
Ricky Knapp picked up the win for the Eagles, going eight innings and allowing just four hits and a run with four strikeouts.
Florida Gulf Coast was led offensively by Ryan Gebhart, who was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs batted in. Sean Dwyer also had two hits, while Brandon Bednar scored a pair of runs.
Michigan will stay in Florida and play in the Snowbird Invitational in Port Charlotte, Fla. U-M opens the tournament this Friday (March 2) against Ohio State. Game time is at 6 p.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park.
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