Offensive Outburst Ignites Wolverines to Triumph at Illinois
Johnny Slater

April 12, 2014

Box Score |  Notes

Site: Champaign, Ill. (Illinois Field)
Score: Michigan 17, Illinois 9
Records: U-M (15-19-1, 5-6 Big Ten), ILL (18-12, 6-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 13 -- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 1 p.m. CDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Michigan baseball team recorded season highs in both runs (17) and hits (23) and scored in seven innings in a 17-9 win at Illinois Saturday afternoon (April 12) at Illinois Field.

There were plenty of offensive stars for the Wolverines. Senior Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) and freshman Johnny Slater (Southfield, Mich./Southfield Lathrup) had four hits apiece. Martin scored three runs, while Slater drove in a pair. Sophomore Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) belted his first two home runs of the season and was 3-for-5 with three runs batted in and three runs scored. Freshman Carmen Benedetti (Grosse Pointe, Mich./South) was 3-for-4 with three doubles and four RBI. Junior Jackson Glines (Coarsegold, Calif./Fresno City College) and junior Kyle Jusick (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) had three hits apiece, with Jusick scoring four runs.

Michigan jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first, using the 25-mile-per-hour wind blowing straight out to its advantage. Sophomore Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) singled and trotted home on Cronenworth's two-run home run to right. Glines reached on an infield single. He was forced out on a fielder's choice, but on the play, Jusick reached second after an Illinois throwing error. Martin singled Jusick to third, and Benedetti doubled to left to make it 3-0. Junior Eric Jacobson (Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius) followed with a squeeze bunt that scored a run, and Slater ended the first-inning scoring after a ground-rule double plated Benedetti.

Benedetti doubled for the second time in the third. It scored Martin and gave the Maize and Blue a 6-0 lead. Illinois cut that in half in the bottom of the frame as David Kerian's three-run home run to straightaway center field made it 6-3.

Michigan bounced back to score four runs in the top of the fourth. Cronenworth's second home run of the day, this one to right field, gave the Wolverines a 7-3 lead. A Glines walk and stolen base set the stage for Jusick, who singled him home for an 8-3 advantage. Benedetti's third double in four innings plated Jusick, and Jacobson's sacrifice fly scored Martin and made it 10-3.

The Fighting Illini scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth on consecutive two-run hits from Will Krug and Michael Hurwitz. Michigan answered with a run in the sixth on Benedetti's sacrifice fly that scored Jusick. Illinois put up a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth as Adam Walton's sacrifice fly scored Casey Fletcher and Krug's single plated Ryne Roper.

The Maize and Blue made it 13-9 in the top of the seventh on an RBI ground-rule double from Glines and a fielding error off Jusick's bat that scored Cronenworth. Gutierrez brought in Slater with a single up the middle in the eighth to push the Wolverines' lead up to five runs. Michigan ended the scoring with a three-run ninth, highlighted by an RBI double from Slater and a run-scoring hit from freshman Hector Gutierrez (Detroit, Mich./Western International).

On the mound, freshman Brett Adcock (Kawkawlin, Mich./Bay City Western) earned the win. He allowed four hits and two runs with a strikeout in 1.2 innings of relief.

Michigan and Illinois wrap up the three-game set on Sunday afternoon (April 13) at 1 p.m. CDT.

Contact: Kent Reichert

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