U-M Comes Up Short in Opener with Western Illinois
Trent Szkutnik

March 22, 2013

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Site: Adrian, Mich. (Nicolay Field)
Score: Western Illinois 5, Michigan 3
Records: U-M (9-10), WIU (5-13)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 23 -- vs. Western Illinois - doubleheader (Adrian, Mich.), 11 a.m.

ADRIAN, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team scored three runs in the second to hold a brief lead, before Western Illinois' Manny Reyes broke a 3-all tie with a two-run double in the seventh to give the Leathernecks a 5-3 win on Friday (March 22) at Nicoly Field on the campus of Adrian College.

Travis Stafford gave Western a 1-0 lead in the top of the second with a solo home run to right, but the Maize and Blue answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame. Freshman Jack Sexton (Goldens Bridge, N.Y./Fordham Prep) and junior Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) each had one-out singles. Sophomore Zach Zott (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) brought in Sexton with a double down the line in rightfield. The Maize and Blue took the lead as a delayed steal on an attempted squeeze bunt scored Winger. Sophomore Dylan Delaney (Woodland Hills, Calif./Chaminade) then got a squeeze bunt down, bringing home Zott.

The Leathernecks chipped away at the lead, scoring single runs in the fourth and fifth innings before taking the lead in the seventh. Sophomore Trent Szkutnik (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) struck out the first batter, but Western's next two batters reached on a hit and a fielding error. That brought up Reyes, who broke the deadlock with the two-run double.

Zott went 2-for-4 to lead the Wolverines. Szkutnik took the loss, allowing an earned run with five strikeouts and three hits in four innings. Senior/junior Logan McAnallen (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt) went the first five frames, striking out six and giving up eight hits and three runs.

The Wolverines and Leathernecks will conclude the series in Adrian on Saturday morning (March 23) with a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. Game one is seven innings, and game two will be nine frames unless game one goes into extra innings.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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