March 21, 2010
Site: Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Tradition Field)
Score: New York Mets 8, Michigan 1 (exhibition)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 26 -- vs. IPFW (Wilpon Baseball Complex), 3:05 p.m.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The University of Michigan baseball team held the first lead of the game, but suffered an 8-1 exhibition loss to the New York Mets on Sunday (March 21) at Tradition Field.
Junior pitcher Kolby Wood (Eau Claire, Mich./Berrien Springs) went three innings, yielding two runs off five hits and striking out Mike Jacobs. Junior pitcher Tyler Burgoon (Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) struck out two in two scoreless innings of work from the bullpen.
Senior rightfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall) scored U-M's lone run of the game after doubling in the second inning. Senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) was solid defensively, catching two runners attempting to steal on him.
Former Wolverine Mike Cervenak (U-M, 1996-99) was 1-for-2 with a run scored for the Mets after replacing David Wright at third base in the sixth inning.
Both teams got on the board in the second inning as the Mets took a 2-1 lead. Urban turned a 10-pitch at-bat into a double down the left field line. Senior leftfielder Mike Kittle (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) put the U-M right fielder in position for junior/sophomore designated hitter Garrett Stephens (Davison, Mich./Davison) to sacrifice him in. The lead did not last long as the Mets answered with two runs in the home half of the inning. New York threatened again in the bottom of the third, but Wood stranded three runners on base to keep the game within one run.
The teams exchanged zeroes on the scoreboard until the sixth inning when a two-run double from Henry Blanco and RBI-singles from Alex Cintron and Alejandro Machado extended the Mets lead to 6-1. New York added two more runs in the home half of the eighth for the final tally.
The Wolverines head home after a 19-game road swing for the home opener against IPFW on Friday (March 26) at the Wilpon Baseball Complex, home of historic Ray Fisher Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.
N O T E S
Former Wolverine and current Mets minor league infielder Mike Cervenak (U-M, 1996-99) took part in the line-up card exchange prior to today's game.
Former Wolverine pitcher and current principal owner, chairman and CEO of the New York Mets, Fred Wilpon (U-M, 1956) was on hand for today's game.
U-M fell to 0-2-1 all-time against the New York Mets.
Cervenak entered the game in the sixth inning as a pinch hitter. He became the first former Michigan player to appear in the annual match-ups three-year history.
Q U O T E S
Former Wolverine and current Mets infielder Mike Cervenak
On bringing out the lineup card ... "It was cool bringing out the lineup card. It was great to see Coach Maloney. He's been doing a great job and the program is doing very well."
On playing against Michigan ... "Honestly, it was pretty nerve-racking. As crazy as it might sound, I was more nervous for this game than other Spring Training games. I wanted to do well against them. I'm rooting for those guys (referring to Michigan) this year."
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