April 5, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Michigan 8, Minnesota 1
Records: U-M (14-16-1, 4-4 Big Ten), Minnesota (16-10, 4-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 6 -- vs. Minnesota (Wilpon Complex), 1 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore Evan Hill (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) pitched 6.2 scoreless innings and the University of Michigan baseball team got to Minnesota pitching early as the Wolverines defeated the Golden Gophers, 8-1, Saturday afternoon (April 5) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.
Hill struck out four and allowed five hits in the start. He pitched around a little trouble in the first two innings and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth with a fielder's choice and a groundout. Freshman Keith Lehmann (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) went the final 2.1 innings, striking out a batter and allowing three hits and a run.
The Maize and Blue jumped on Minnesota starter Jordan Jess for three runs in the first two frames. In the first, junior Kyle Jusick (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) singled to center to score sophomore Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) with two outs, giving U-M the 1-0 lead. Maezes brought in junior Eric Jacobson (Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius) with a single in the second. Sophomore Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) plated freshman Harrison Wenson (Farmington Hills, Mich./U of D Jesuit) with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
In the fifth, Jusick reached on an error and trotted home on freshman Jackson Lamb's (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) home run to leftfield. It was his second home run of the season and Michigan's first home run at Fisher Stadium this season. Freshman Carmen Benedetti (Grosse Pointe, Mich./South) followed with a single and scored on Jacobson's double off the wall in left.
Minnesota scored its run in the eighth on a solo home run from Michael Handel, but the Maize and Blue answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame. Cronenworth walked and moved to third on junior Jackson Glines' (Coarsegold, Calif./Fresno City College) double. Freshman Hector Gutierrez (Detroit, Mich./Western International) brought in a run with a single, and senior Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) brought in the final run on a sacrifice fly to center.
Lamb was 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of RBI, while Glines added two hits. The Wolverines had four extra-base hits on the day.
Michigan and Minnesota will wrap up their three-game series Sunday afternoon (April 6) at 1 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. It will be the second Family Pack Day at the park, with four general admission tickets, four hot dogs and four beverages for just $28. Also, the first 200 fans will receive a Michigan baseball T-shirt.
Contact: Kent Reichert