March 15, 2014
Site: Charleston, S.C. (Patriots Point)
Event: College of Charleston Tournament
Score: Coll. of Charleston 3, Michigan 2 (7 inn.); Coll. of Charleston 4, Michigan 3 (7 inn.)
Records: U-M (7-12-1), CofC (15-4)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 16 -- vs. Kent State (Charleston, S.C.), 10 a.m.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Sophomore Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) hit a home run in each game of a doubleheader at the College of Charleston, but the University of Michigan baseball team dropped two one-run, seven-inning contests on Saturday (March 15) in the College of Charleston Tournament at Patriots Point. Michigan fell, 3-2, in the opener and, 4-3, in the nightcap.
Brandon Murray's two-run home run gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first of game one. Michigan answered with a run in the top of the second. Junior Kyle Jusick (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) led off the inning with a double in the gap in left. He went to third on a single up the middle by freshman Carmen Benedetti (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) and scored on senior/junior Kendall Patrick's (Mitchell, S.D./Blackhawk College) sacrifice fly.
Maezes knotted the game at two in the top of the third as he belted a solo home run down the right field line. The Cougars scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the fifth as Murray singled up the middle to score Morgan Phillips, who led off the inning with a double.
Sophomore Evan Hill (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) struck out four in a complete-game performance. He allowed five hits and three runs while walking a pair. Maezes had two hits to led the U-M offense while he joined Patrick with runs-batted-in.
Maezes sent the first pitch of game two into the trees in right field for his second home run of the day, giving U-M the early 1-0 lead. The College of Charleston tied the game with a run in the second and then took the lead in the third on run-scoring hits from Gunnar Heidt and Carl Wise.
The Wolverines came back with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth. Sophomore Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) walked for the third time in the game. He scored on junior Jackson Glines' (Coarsegold, Calif./Fresno City College) double to right. Glines stole third and scored on a throwing error by the CofC catcher.
Michigan had the tying run on second after a Jusick single and wild pitch, but Michael Hanzlik induced a groundout to end the game.
Fifth-year senior Logan McAnallen (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt) was tagged with the loss. He allowed four hits and three runs with a pair of strikeouts and three walks. Junior James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) struck out four in 2.1 innings of relief.
Michigan finishes out the College of Charleston Tournament on Sunday morning (March 16) against Kent State. First pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m.
N O T E S
Michigan falls to 2-6 in one-run games this season.
Michigan and College of Charleston played for the first time on the diamond on Saturday.
Travis Maezes now has five career home runs after his pair in today's doubleheader against the College of Charleston. He is 5-of-11 (.455) in this weekend's tournament.
Maezes had Michigan's first leadoff home run since Patrick Biondi led off the Illinois game with a home run on April 17, 2010.
Evan Hill pitches Michigan's first complete game of the season in game one. He now has two complete games in his career. He also went the distance in a seven-inning win over Western Illinois on March 23, 2013.
Contact: Kent Reichert