April 7, 2013
Site: East Lansing, Mich. (McLane Stadium)
Score: Michigan 6, Michigan State 2
Records: U-M (16-14, 4-2 Big Ten), MSU (17-11, 2-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, April 9 -- at Notre Dame (South Bend, Ind.), 5:35 p.m.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The University of Michigan baseball team completed a three-game series sweep of Michigan State with a 6-2 win over the Spartans Sunday afternoon (April 7) at McLane Stadium. Two runs in the first and ninth innings, and another quality pitching performance highlighted U-M's first Big Ten series sweep since 2008.
For the second straight day, Michigan plated a pair of runs in the first inning. This time, the Wolverines used the longball as sophomore Zach Zott (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) crushed a two-run home run to right field, scoring freshman Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair), who drew a one-out walk.
The Wolverines went on top 3-0 in the top of the third. Freshman Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) reached on an infield single with one out. Maezes came around to score on a Cronenworth double to right. The Maize and Blue added a run in the top of the hits as junior Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) singled up the middle to score Zott.
A pair of sacrifice flies from the Spartans cut the U-M lead in half in the bottom of the sixth, but the Wolverines pushed the lead back to four runs in the top of the ninth. Freshman Jack Sexton (Goldens Bridge, N.Y./Fordham Prep) led off the inning with a single to right. He moved to third on an infield single from Martin. Sophomore Eric Jacobson (Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius) singled to left center to score Sexton and Cronenworth brought in Michigan's sixth run with a sacrifice fly to left.
Senior/junior Logan McAnallen (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt) earned the win on the mound. McAnallen, who grew up near East Lansing, allowed just two runs and five hits with three strikeouts and a walk to move to 2-2 on the year. Sophomore Matt Ogden (Aurora, Colo./Smoky Hill) did not allow a hit in 2.2 innings of relief and senior Kyle Clark (Portage, Mich./Portage Northern) pitched a scoreless ninth to preserve the win and the sweep.
Martin went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored to lead the Wolverines offense, while Zott and Sexton had two hits apiece. Zott joined Cronenworth with two runs-batted-in for the afternoon.
Michigan will travel to South Bend, Ind., for a Tuesday (April 9) game with Notre Dame.First pitch is set for 5:35 p.m.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423