Offense Attack in Opener Highlights Split with Minnesota in Twinbill
Cole Martin

March 30, 2013

• Boxscores: Game 1 | Game 2
• Highlights: Game 1 video icon | Game 2 video icon

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Michigan 11, Minnesota 3; Minnesota 2, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (11-14, 1-2 Big Ten), Minnesota (17-12, 2-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, April 2 -- vs. Bowling Green (Wilpon Complex), 4:05 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team recorded 16 hits and scored in six of the eight innings in the 11-3 win over Minnesota in the opener of a Big Ten doubleheader Saturday afternoon (March 30) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. The Wolverines fell in the nightcap, 2-1.

Seven Wolverines had hits in the first game, led by freshman Travis Maezes' (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) 4-for-5 day. Junior Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) had three hits, scored three runs and drove in three. Junior Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) also had three hits and drove in a pair of runs.

Freshman Evan Hill (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) kept the Golden Gophers in check on the mound. Hill went seven innings, allowing one earned run with six hits and five strikeouts and four walks.

Minnesota scored the game's first two runs, but the Wolverines tied it in the bottom of the third. Maezes doubled, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on an RBI infield single from O'Neill. O'Neill then tied the game, scoring on sophomore Kevin White's (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) sacrifice fly. Michigan added single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth. This included Martin's first career home run a Wolverine uniform in the fourth. Sophomore Dylan Delaney (Woodland Hills, Calif./Chaminade) singled in a run in the fifth and the Maize and Blue scored on a wild pitch in the sixth.

The Wolverines broke the game open in the seventh, plating four runs. Martin brought in senior pinch runner Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) with a single. Freshman Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) scored Delaney on an infield single. An O'Neill RBI single and passed ball that scored Cronenworth gave Michigan a 9-2 lead. Minnesota scored a run in the eighth, but Michigan put up two more for the final margin of victory. Martin drove in his third run on a double to right and Cronenworth brought him in with a sacrifice fly.

It was a pitcher's duel in game two between sophomore Trent Szkutnik (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) and Minnesota's Alec Crawford. An RBI single from Adam Abrahamson gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead in the first, but the Wolverines answered with a run in the second. Sophomore Zach Zott (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) singled, went to second on a sacrifice bunt from freshman Jack Sexton (Goldens Bridge, N.Y./Fordham Prep), stole third and scored on a Gopher throwing error.

It stayed 1-1 until the top of the seventh when Andy Henkemeyer doubled in a run with two outs. Michigan had the tying run on in the ninth as Cronenworth singled, Biondi, who came in to pinch run, advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a flyout. Minnesota was able to get Zott to ground out on a close play at first to end the game.

Szkutnik went 6.2 innings, allowing nine hits and two runs and was tagged with the loss. Maezes and Zott had two hits apiece to lead the Michigan offense.

The Wolverines continue this homestand Tuesday afternoon (April 2) against Bowling Green. First pitch at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium, is scheduled for 4:05 p.m.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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