March 16, 2014
Site: Charleston, S.C. (Patriots Point)
Event: College of Charleston Tournament
Score: Michigan 3, Kent State 2
Records: U-M (8-12-1), KSU (8-8)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 21 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), 4:05 p.m.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The University of Michigan baseball team scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for a come-from-behind win over Kent State, 3-2, on the final day of the College of Charleston Tournament Sunday morning (March 16) at Patriots Point.
Michigan struck first in the bottom of the second inning with the help of its rookies. Freshman Jackson Lamb (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) led off with a single through the left side. He stole second, moved to third on freshman Ramsey Romano's (El Cajon, Calif./Valhalla) groundout and scored on freshman Harrison Wenson's (Farmington Hills, Mich./U of D Jesuit) sacrifice fly to left.
Fifth-year senior Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) allowed just one hit through six innings, but gave up a pair of runs in the seventh on run-scoring hits from Zarley Zalewski and TJ Sutton. Michigan answered that with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh. Romano led off with a single. Wenson then laid a bunt down and Kent State's Brian Clark threw the ball away going to second base. Sophomore Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) tied the game at two with his single that brought Romano home. Sophomore Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) then brought in the winning run, scoring freshman pinch runner Johnny Slater (Southfield, Mich./Southfield Lathrup) with a sacrifice fly to right.
Ballantine earned his second win of the season, striking out six and allowing four hits and two runs in seven innings of work. Cronenworth picked up his fourth save, striking out a pair and inducing two groundouts in the ninth after a double opened the inning.
Maezes had two hits to lead the U-M offense while he joined Wenson and Cronenworth with runs batted in.
Michigan opens Big Ten play this Friday (March 21) at Indiana. First pitch at Bart Kauffman Field in Bloomington, Ind., is scheduled for 4:05 p.m.
N O T E S
Michigan earned its third one-run victory of the season in the Kent State win. It is also the ninth one-run game for the Maize and Blue this season.
Michigan is now 2-0 all-time against the Golden Flashes. U-M also won 16-12 against Kent State on March 12, 2000.
Travis Maezes had two hits in the Kent State win. He was 7-for-14 (.500) with a double, a triple and two home runs on the weekend.
Ben Ballantine now leads Michigan with 27 strikeouts on the season after his six strikeout performance in the win over Kent State.
Contact: Kent Reichert