April 16, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Eastern Michigan 4, Michigan 3 (10 innings)
Records: U-M (16-20-1), EMU (13-21)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 18 - at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.), 6:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team had 11 hits on the day and got seven strikeouts in relief from junior Donnie Eaton (Ann Arbor, Mich./Father Gabriel Richard) but fell to Eastern Michigan, 4-3 in 10 innings, on Wednesday (April 16) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.
Eaton allowed just one hit in 4.2 innings of relief and added the career high of seven punchouts. Junior Kyle Jusick (Portage, Mich./Portage Central), senior Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) and sophomore Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) had two hits apiece, while Jusick drove in a pair of runs.
A run-scoring triple from Lee Longo and an RBI double by Adam Sonabend gave Eastern Michigan a 2-0 lead in the third. Michigan tied the game at two in the bottom of the fourth on Jusick's first career home run, a two-run shot to right. EMU then took a 3-2 lead in the fifth on Michael Mioduszewski's RBI single to right.
In the bottom of the seventh, Michigan used some two-out magic to tie the game at three. Sophomore Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) walked and scored all the way from first on Cronenworth's double. Michigan put runners on second and third, but a groundout ended the threat. The Wolverines had another opportunity to push a run home in the eighth as Martin doubled to lead off the frame. Michigan got a runner to third, but a failed squeeze bunt ended the threat.
Eastern Michigan scored the winning run in the 10th. A leadoff walk was erased on a fielder's choice on a failed sacrifice bunt. A passed ball was followed by an intentional walk. Cronenworth struck out Sonabend for the second out, but Mioduszewski singled to right to put the Eagles up, 4-3.
Cronenworth took the loss, allowing the run in the 10th inning. Fifth-year senior Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) started for the Wolverines, striking out three and allowing four hits and two runs in 2.2 innings of work.
Michigan opens a three-game series at Purdue this Friday night (April 18) at 6:30 p.m. at Alexander Field in West Lafayette, Ind.
Contact: Kent Reichert