Michigan Walks Away with Victory over WMU in Home Opener

March 26, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Michigan 12, Western Michigan 4
Records: U-M (10-14-1), WMU (10-11)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 28 -- vs. Iowa (Wilpon Complex), 4 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team used nine walks and clutch two-out hitting in scoring a season high in runs in a 12-4 win over Western Michigan on Wednesday afternoon (March 26) in the 2014 home opener at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.

Senior/junior Kendall Patrick (Mitchell, S.D./Blackhawk College) had a career high four runs batted in, going 2-for-4 at the plate. Juniors Jackson Glines (Coarsegold, Calif./Fresno City College) and Kyle Jusick (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) drove in three runs apiece, while junior Eric Jacobson (Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius) went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Western Michigan put up a three spot in the top of the first, but the Maize and Blue came back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame. Sophomore Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) and Glines walked with one out. Patrick then came through with a two-out, two-run single to left as Michigan trailed by a run.

The Wolverines tied the game in the bottom of the first on an RBI groundout by Glines. Michigan took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth, scoring six runs, all after two men were out. Sophomore Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), Cronenworth and Jusick all walked with the bases loaded. Patrick had another two-out, two-run single and Jacobson brought in Jusick with a single to right, giving U-M a 9-3 lead. Western Michigan scored a run on a Jared Kujawa RBI groundout for the Broncos' final run.

Michigan ended the scoring with three runs in the eighth. Glines had another bases-loaded walk and Jusick plated a pair with a single to right.

The win went to freshman Brett Adcock (Kawkawlin, Mich./Bay City Western) in relief. Adcock struck out a pair and gave up four hits, but did not allow a run in three innings of relief. Freshman Keith Lehmann (Western Spring, Ill./Lyons Township), junior James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) and sophomore/freshman Cam Wysocki (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) all struck out two Broncos in relief appearances.

Michigan opens a three-game Big Ten series against Iowa on Friday afternoon (March 28) at 4 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.

Contact: Kent Reichert

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