Late-Inning Offense Helps U-M Pick Up Third Straight Win
James Bourque

April 2, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Michigan 6, Central Michigan 3
Records: U-M (13-15-1), CMU (17-11)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 4 -- vs. Minnesota (Wilpon Complex), 4 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Five runs in the sixth and seventh innings catapulted the University of Michigan baseball team to a 6-3 win over Central Michigan Wednesday night (April 2) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. The Wolverines have now won three straight and five of their last six contests.

Central Michigan put up a run in the first on a run-scoring single from Cody Leichman. The Chippewas added a second run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth, but U-M answered in the bottom of that frame. Freshman Jackson Lamb (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) led off the inning with a double. He stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by senior/junior Kendall Patrick (Mitchell, S.D./Blackhawk College).

The Wolverines took the lead for good in the sixth. Junior Kyle Jusick (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) singled, moved to second on a groundout and scored on freshman Harrison Wenson's (Farmington Hills, Mich./U of D Jesuit) triple to right field. Wenson then trotted home as Patrick singled up the middle. U-M then scored an unearned run as freshman Trey Miller (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) reached on an error, scoring Patrick from second.

Freshman Carmen Benedetti (Grosse Pointe, Mich./South) had the big hit in the seventh, a two-run double that scored Jusick and junior Jackson Glines (Coarsegold, Calif./Fresno City College). Central Michigan ended the scoring in the eighth on an RBI single from Neal Jacobs.

Junior James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) earned the win on the mound, striking out five in four innings of relief. Sophomore Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) picked up his sixth save of the season by pitching the ninth. At the plate, Jusick had a pair of hits and runs while Benedetti and Patrick drove in two apiece.

Michigan hosts Big Ten foe Minnesota for a three-game series beginning Friday afternoon (April 4) at 4 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. The first 250 fans will receive a free Michigan mini baseball bat. [ Promotions ]

Contact: Kent Reichert

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