Wolverines Stifled in Big Ten Opener against Minnesota
Ben Ballantine

March 29, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Minnesota 3, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (10-13, 0-1 Big Ten), Minnesota (16-10, 1-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 30 -- vs. Minnesota - doubleheader (Wilpon Complex), 12:05 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team allowed two unearned runs, and Minnesota pitcher Tom Windle struck out a career-high 13 as the Wolverines fell to the Golden Gophers, 3-1, Friday afternoon (March 29) in the Big Ten opener for both teams at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.

Minnesota struck first in the third on an RBI triple from Andy Henkemeyer, but the Maize and Blue came back to tie the contest at one in the bottom of the frame. Freshman Jack Sexton (Goldens Bridge, N.Y./Fordham Prep) led off the inning with a single to right. He went to second on junior Cole Martin's (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) sacrifice bunt and moved to third on a wild pitch. Sexton scored as freshman Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) grounded out to second.

Minnesota scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. A fielder's choice by Michael Handel brought in the game-winning run in the fifth, and a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt led to the Golden Gophers' third run.

U-M had solid pitching performances, holding Minnesota to just five hits in the game. Senior/junior Logan McAnallen (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt) tied a career high with six strikeouts, giving up four hits, an earned run and three walks in 5.1 innings. Senior Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) came on in relief and allowed just one hit, struck out three and walked a pair in 3.2 scoreless innings.

Sophomore Zach Zott (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) had two of Michigan's four hits on the day, with Sexton and freshman Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) collecting a hit apiece.

Michigan hosted Minnesota in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon (March 30) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. First pitch is at 12:05 p.m. Sunday's game (March 31) has been moved up to Saturday due to the weather forecast in Ann Arbor.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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