March 4, 2014
Site: Fort Myers, Fla. (Swanson Stadium)
Score: Michigan 6, Florida Gulf Coast 4
Records: U-M (3-8-1), FGCU (6-7)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, March 5 -- at UCF (Orlando, Fla.), 6:30 p.m.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Junior Jackson Glines (Coarsegold, Calif./Fresno City College) drove in five runs, and the University of Michigan baseball team put up a pair of insurance runs in the ninth as the Wolverines defeated Florida Gulf Coast, 6-4, Tuesday afternoon (March 4) at Swanson Stadium.
Glines was 2-for-4 with a career-high five runs driven in. Sophomore Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) had his second three-hit game of the season while scoring three runs. Freshman Ramsey Romano (El Cajon, Calif./Valhalla) was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Michigan opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the third. Romano opened the inning with a single to right. He moved to third on a double to right from Maezes. Junior Zach Zott's (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) groundout plated Romano, and an error by the FGCU second baseman off the bat of Glines scored Maezes, giving the Maize and Blue a 2-0 advantage.
The Eagles came back with a run in the third and had a leadoff double from Zach Tillery in the fourth. He moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and looked to score on a chopper to second, but sophomore Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) made a nice throw to the plate to get Tillery on the fielder's choice.
Michigan used its speed to put up two more runs in the fifth. Romano and Maezes singled to lead off the frame. Both runners moved up on a Zott sacrifice bunt. Glines then laid down a squeeze bunt that scored both Romano and Maezes, putting the Maize and Blue on top 4-1.
Florida Gulf Coast put up two runs in the eighth, but U-M came right back and scored a pair in the top of the ninth. Freshman Jackson Lamb (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) led off the frame with a pinch-hit walk. Romano moved Lamb up 90 feet with a sacrifice bunt. Maezes' infield single put runners on the corners, and U-M loaded the bases when Zott was hit by a pitch. Glines then drove in his fourth and fifth runs of the game with a single to left field. FGCU plated a run in the ninth on an RBI double from Nick Rivera, but Cronenworth picked up his first save of the season, striking out Tillery to end the game.
Senior Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) started the game on the mound for the Maize and Blue and struck out five in fourth innings of work. Freshman Keith Lehmann (Western Spring, Ill./Lyons Township) earned the win, pitching two innings of relief, allowing a hit and striking out a batter. Cronenworth had four strikeouts in two innings, allowing three hits and a run for the save.
Michigan makes the trek to Orlando, Fla., for a matchup against UCF. First pitch at Jay Bergman Field is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Kent Reichert