April 12, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Michigan 5, Penn State 1
Records: U-M (18-14, 5-2 Big Ten), PSU (7-22, 0-7 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 13 - vs. Penn State (Wilpon Complex), 4:05 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, and sophomore Trent Szkutnik (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) had a career-high 12 strikeouts, as the Wolverines rallied past Penn State, 5-1, Friday afternoon (April 12) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. Michigan has now won seven games in a row and improves its conference record to 5-2 on the season.
Michigan failed to score with a runner on third and less than two outs on two separate occasions, and it looked as if those missed chances could come back to haunt them as Penn State broke a scoreless tie in the top of the seventh inning on an Aaron Novak single.
Penn State retired the first two hitters in the eighth, but three straight walks loaded the bases for the Maize and Blue. Junior Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) then reached on an infield single. That combined with a Penn State throwing error gave the Wolverines a 2-1 advantage. Sophomore Zach Zott (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) drove in a run with a single to right and classmate Kevin White (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) brought in a pair with a bloop double to right.
Szkutnik was outstanding, striking out 12 in just 6.2 innings. It's the most by a U-M hurler since Chris Fetter struck out 13 against Illinois on April 10, 2009. He allowed six hits and walked one in the no-decision. Sophomore Matt Ogden (Aurora, Colo./Smoky Hill) earned his fourth win of the year, not allowing a run in 1.1 innings. Freshman Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) pitched a perfect ninth with a strikeout.
O'Neill had two hits on the day, while White drove in two runs.
Michigan and Penn State continue its three-game series tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, April 13) at 4:05 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423