March 1, 2014
Site: Cary, N.C. (USA Baseball National Training Complex)
Event: USA Baseball-Irish Classic
Score: Michigan 4, Notre Dame 2 (10 inn.); Appalachian State 4, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (2-7-1), ND (3-6), ASU (1-9)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 2 -- vs. UCLA (Cary, N.C.), Noon
CARY, N.C. -- Sophomore Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in and earned the win on the mound in backing the University of Michigan baseball team to a 4-2, 10-inning win over Notre Dame in the first game Saturday afternoon (March 1) of the USA Baseball-Irish Classic at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Michigan then fell to Appalachian State, 4-1, in the nightcap.
In the opener, Notre Dame broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the seventh. Junior James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) retired the first two batters, but gave up a Texas League single to Ryan Lidge. Lane Richards then drove in pinch runner Conor Biggio with a double to left and Zak Kutsulis doubled to right to bring in Richards.
Michigan knotted the game at two in the top of the eighth. Freshman Johnny Slater (Southfield, Mich./Southfield Lathrup) led off with a bunt single. He moved to second as junior Jackson Glines (Coarsegold, Calif./Fresno City College) walked. Both runners moved up 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer). Cronenworth reached on an infield single, his third hit of the day, to score Slater and junior Kyle Jusick (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) brought in the tying run with a sacrifice fly to center.
The Maize and Blue went to extra innings for the fourth time this season and immediately put pressure on the Irish as Glines opened the 10th with a triple to the gap in right. Maezes walked and Gilnes trotted home on Cronenworth's sacrifice fly to center. Freshman Hector Gutierrez (Detroit, Mich./Western International) singled to put runners on the corners. Maezes scored as Gutierrez ran into a pickle long enough for the run to count.
Cronenworth earned the win in relief, striking out four in two scoreless innings. Fifth-year senior Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) had another solid start in a no-decision. He struck out a career-high eight, allowing just two hits in 5.2 innings. Bourque allowed two runs and four hits with a strikeout in 2.1 innings of relief.
White added two hits for the Maize and Blue, who had eight hits against the Fighting Irish.
Appalachian State jumped out to a 3-0 lead with the help of a two-run double and an RBI groundout. Michigan loaded the bases with no one out in the bottom of the second, but a fielder's choice force out at home and back-to-back strikeouts ended the threat.
The Mountaineers put up an insurance run in the ninth on an RBI single from Preston Troutman. Michigan started a rally in the ninth as freshman Harrison Wenson (Farmington Hills, Mich./U of D Jesuit) singled and scored as senior/junior Kendall Patrick (Mitchell, S.D./Blackhawk College) singled and the ball scooted past the ASU center fielder. Appalachian then brought in closer Robert Whaley and he got a pop out, a strikeout and a pop out to end the game.
Fifth-year senior Logan McAnallen (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt) also struck out eight batters, allowing four hits and an earned run with a pair of walks in six innings. At the plate, freshman Carmen Benedetti (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) and Wenson had two hits apiece. ASU starter Tyler Moore went eight innings, striking out six and allowing just an unearned run to pick up the win.
Michigan closes out play at the USA Baseball-Irish Classic on Sunday afternoon (March 2) against No. 19 UCLA. First pitch is scheduled for noon.
Contact: Kent Reichert