Bourque's Near No-Hitter Carries U-M Past Notre Dame
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April 16, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Michigan 8, Notre Dame 2
Records: U-M (21-14), ND (19-15)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, April 17 - vs. Eastern Michigan (Wilpon Complex), 6:05 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) pitched a gem, striking out eight and allowing just one hit in 7.2 innings pitched as the University of Michigan baseball team defeated Notre Dame, 8-2, Tuesday afternoon (April 16) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.

Bourque struck out a career-high eight batters and had a no-hitter going until Lane Richards laced a single to left with two outs in the eighth. It also was the 13th straight game that the Michigan pitching staff has allowed three or fewer runs. Michigan scored a pair of runs early then had three runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to put the game away.

The Maize and Blue scored in the bottom of the second inning as sophomore Zach Zott (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) belted his second home run of the season, a solo shot to right. Zott started the fourth by getting hit by the pitch. He moved to third on sophomore Kevin White's (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) single to left and scored on a single to right by junior Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn).

In the sixth, White opened the inning with a double and scored as freshman Jack Sexton's (Goldens Bridge, N.Y./Fordham Prep) sacrifice bunt was thrown away by the Notre Dame pitcher. Senior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) doubled to center to score Martin and freshman Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) reached on an error, scoring sophomore Eric Jacobson (Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius).

Zott walked with one out in the eighth and moved to third on a White single. Sexton singled to right to bring in Zott and White scored on a Martin single. Sexton scored the Wolverines' final run as Jacobson reached on an error. Notre Dame scored the game's final two runs in the ninth but junior Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) induced a groundout to end the game.

White was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with a pair of runs scored. Martin added three hits and two RBI, while Zott scored three runs.

Michigan closes out its five-game homestand Wednesday night (April 17) against Washtenaw County neighbor Eastern Michigan. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423


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