Early Offense, Hill's Strong Outing Help Wolverines Down Spartans
Evan Hill

April 6, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Michigan 5, Michigan State 1
Records: U-M (15-14, 3-2 Big Ten), MSU (17-10, 2-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 7 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 1:05 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team secured a series win over Michigan State and moved to one game above .500 on the season with a 5-1 victory over the Spartans Saturday afternoon (April 6) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. Freshman Evan Hill (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) went eight innings on the mound to earn his fifth win of the year.

The Wolverines jumped out with two runs in the first inning on their in-state rival. Freshman Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) led off with a triple to the gap in right and scored on a sacrifice fly from junior Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty). Michigan loaded the bases on two walks and a single from sophomore Zach Zott (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion), and freshman Jack Sexton (Golden Bridge, N.Y./Fordham Prep) brought in classmate Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) with a single, giving the Maize and Blue the 2-0 advantage.

Michigan State scored a run in the third, but the damage was minimized by a 6-4-3 double play with the bases loaded and a foulout to end the inning. The Wolverines came right back with a run in the bottom of the inning as Zott doubled, stole third, and scored on a sacrifice fly from sophomore Kevin White (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield).

Michigan added a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Junior Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) singled, and sophomore pinch runner Donnie Eaton (Ann Arbor, Mich./Father Gabriel Richard) went to third as junior Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) reached on an error. A force play at home accounted for the first out, but Maezes' shot to center was dropped by Anthony Cheky, allowing Martin to score and giving U-M a 4-1 lead. Senior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) then scored on a wild pitch for the final run of the afternoon.

Hill was outstanding, allowing four hits and no earned runs with four strikeouts and three walks. Cronenworth came in and struck out two in the ninth. At the plate, Sexton and Zott had two hits apiece.

Michigan will go for the series sweep tomorrow afternoon (Sunday, April 7) against Michigan State in East Lansing. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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