April 9, 2013
Site: South Bend, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)
Score: Michigan 4, #18 Notre Dame 1
Records: U-M (17-14), ND (19-11)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 12 -- vs. Penn State (Wilpon Complex), 4:05 p.m.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The University of Michigan baseball team won its sixth game in a row, defeating No. 18 Notre Dame, 4-1, Tuesday afternoon (April 9) at Frank Eck Stadium. A stellar pitching performance by a duo of Wolverine hurlers and a trio of extra-base hits fueled the Wolverines to their first six-game streak since 2010.
The Wolverines jumped on the board with a run in the top of the third. Junior Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) led off the inning with a double, his seventh of the year. He moved to third as sophomore Eric Jacobson (Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius) laid down a sacrifice bunt. Martin then trotted home on a Fighting Irish wild pitch.
The Maize and Blue added a pair of runs in the top of the fourth off a pair of extra-base hits. Freshman Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) led off the inning with a single through the right side. Cronenworth scored all the way from first on a double down the left field line from junior Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty). O'Neill went to third on a groundout and scored as sophomore Kevin White (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) doubled over the Notre Dame center fielder's head.
Notre Dame scored a run in the sixth, but Michigan answered with a run in the top of the seventh. White, freshman Jack Sexton (Goldens Bridge, N.Y./Fordham Prep) and Martin had three straight singles to start the inning. White scored on a double play flyout from Jacobson, giving U-M a 4-1 lead.
Sophomore James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) picked up his third win of the year, striking out four in 5.1 innings. Classmate Matt Ogden (Aurora, Colo./Smoky Hill) earned his first save of the year, throwing the last 3.2 innings with four strikeouts and just one hit.
O'Neill, Martin, White and Sexton had two hits apiece in the win.
Michigan will open a three-game Big Ten series at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium, against Penn State. The series begins Friday afternoon (April 12) at 4:05 p.m. This is a time change from the original schedule.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423