March 8, 2014
Site: Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Tradition Field #5)
Score: Michigan 8, Princeton 2; Princeton 6, Michigan 5
Records: U-M (5-10-1), Princeton (2-4)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 9 -- vs. Princeton (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), 11 a.m.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The University of Michigan baseball team split its doubleheader with Princeton on Saturday afternoon (March 8) at Tradition Field. The Wolverines won the opener, 8-2, before falling in the nightcap, 6-5.
Michigan's bats jumped on Princeton in the bottom of the first of game one. Sophomores Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) led off the game with singles. They both moved up on junior Jackson Glines' (Coarsegold, Calif./Fresno City College) sacrifice bunt, and both scored on junior Kyle Jusick's (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) single to right. The Wolverines put up two more runs in the third on Glines' run-scoring double and a sacrifice fly from freshman Carmen Benedetti (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South), making it 4-1 Michigan after three complete.
Glines' second double of the day scored freshman Ramsey Romano (El Cajon, Calif./Valhalla) with two outs in the fourth. Jusick followed that with an RBI single, giving Michigan a 6-1 lead. U-M's fourth two-run inning happened in the fifth after a single up the middle from senior Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) scored freshman Jackson Lamb (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) and a double-play groundball brought in senior/junior Kendall Patrick (Mitchell, S.D./Blackhawk College). Princeton scored a run in the top of the eighth to end the scoring for game one.
Jusick was 3-for-4 with three RBI in the first game, while Glines had two hits and two RBI and reached base four times. Fifth-year senior Logan McAnallen (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt) earned the win on the mound. He went six innings, allowing seven hits and a run with three strikeouts and a pair of walks. Freshman Hector Gutierrez (Detroit, Mich./Western International) struck out four in 1.2 innings of relief.
Princeton scored the first run of game two in the top of the second, but the Wolverines responded with a two-spot in the bottom of the fourth. Glines led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a balk. He scored on an RBI groundout from Jusick. Patrick gave Michigan the 2-1 lead with his second home run of the season, a moon shot to left field.
Princeton took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth when Michigan came back to take a 4-3 lead in the sixth. Cronenworth led off with an infield single. He went to second as Glines was hit by a pitch and scored as Jusick's sacrifice bunt was thrown away by the Tiger catcher. Glines then scored on Lamb's sacrifice fly to right. The Tigers took the lead for good with three runs on three extra-base hits in the top of the seventh, capped by a home run to left from Paul Tupper.
The Maize and Blue put up a run in the eighth as Maezes scored on a passed ball. Michigan had a runner on second in the ninth but failed to score.
Maezes and Romano had two hits apiece for U-M, while Glines scored two runs. Junior James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) was tagged with the loss, allowing three runs and three hits in the seventh. Fifth-year senior Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) struck out four, giving up nine hits and three runs in 4.1 innings pitched.
Michigan and Princeton will close out the four-game series on Sunday morning (March 9) at 11 a.m. at Tradition Field #5 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Contact: Kent Reichert