April 13, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Michigan 3, Penn State 2
Records: U-M (19-14, 6-2 Big Ten), PSU (7-23, 0-8 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 14 -- vs. Penn State (Wilpon Complex), Noon (TV: Big Ten Network)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team made three early runs hold up with 3.2 innings of scoreless relief in a 3-2 win over Penn State on Saturday afternoon (April 13) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. Michigan has now won eight games in a row and nine of its last 10.
The Maize and Blue scored twice in the second frame. Freshman Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair)opened the inning with a double to the wall in left. He moved to third on a groundout by sophomore Zach Zott (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) and scored on junior Cole Martin's (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) infield single. Freshman Jack Sexton (Goldens Bridge, N.Y./Fordham Prep) brought in sophomore Kevin White (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) with a double to make it 2-0 Michigan.
Penn State scored a run in the third as Taylor Skerpon doubled in a run, but Michigan answered in the bottom of the frame. Freshman Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) reached on a leadoff single and stole second. He scored on Zott's fifth double of the year. Penn State scored a run in the fifth, but sophomore Evan Hill (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) escaped further damage by inducing a ground out with the bases loaded. Penn State did not get a runner past second base for the rest of the contest as Michigan closed out its eighth straight win.
Hill earned his sixth win of the year, striking out a pair and allowing five hits and two runs with five walks in 5.1 innings pitched. Sophomore James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) struck out a batter in 1.2 innings and senior Kyle Clark (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) and Cronenworth each pitched a perfect inning, with Cronenworth earning his sixth save.
At the plate, Maezes went 3-for-4 with a run scored and Zott, Martin and Sexton each drove in a run apiece.
Michigan goes for the series sweep against Penn State Sunday afternoon (April 14) at noon. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Matt Shepard and Loren Crispell on the call.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423