U-M Succumbs to Western Michigan's Late-Inning Offense
Kevin White

March 27, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Western Michigan 7, Michigan 3
Records: U-M (10-12), WMU (8-15)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 29 -- vs. Minnesota (Wilpon Complex), 3:05 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team held a 2-0 lead after six innings, but Western Michigan struck for seven in the last three frames for a 7-3 win Wednesday afternoon (March 27) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. The day marked U-M's on-campus home opener.

The Maize and Blue put up single runs in both the second and third innings to take the early lead. In the second, sophomore Kevin White (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) singled with one out. He moved to second on classmate Zach Zott's (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) single to left. Michigan loaded the bases as junior Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) walked, and freshman Jack Sexton (Goldens Bridge, N.Y./Fordham Prep) brought in White with a sacrifice fly to center.

In the third, the Wolverines used some two-out magic as junior Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) singled, stole second and scored on a double to the wall in left by freshman Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair). Sophomore Trent Szkutnik (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) pitched three strong innings, and classmate James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) had three more good frames on the mound but ran into trouble in the seventh, giving up four runs, three of which were earned. The big hit in the inning came by the way of a two-run single from Brooks Beilke. The Broncos tacked on two more in the eighth and one in the ninth.

Michigan scored its final run in the eighth as O'Neill doubled and scored on White's single to left.

O'Neill, Cronenworth and White had two hits apiece, while O'Neill also scored a pair of runs. Bourque was tagged with the loss, allowing three earned runs and six hits with four strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Szkutnik went the first three frames, allowing two hits and striking out three in three scoreless innings.

Michigan now starts Big Ten play this Friday afternoon (March 29) against Minnesota. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. This is a time change from the original schedule.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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