Michigan Bests Oakland in Midweek Matchup

April 29, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Michigan 3, Oakland 1
Records: U-M (20-25-1), Oakland (7-25)
Next U-M Event: Friday, May 2 -- at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.), 3 p.m. CDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team scored on a passed ball and a pair of wild pitches, and fifth-year senior Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) struck out four in a five-inning start in a 3-1 win over Oakland Tuesday afternoon (April 29) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.

Michigan scored a run without the benefit of a hit in the bottom of the third. Senior/junior Kendall Patrick (Mitchell, S.D./Blackhawk College) was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame. He stole second, and freshman Trey Miller (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) walked to put two runners on. Sophomore Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) walked to load the bases, and Patrick scored off an Oakland passed ball. The Golden Grizzlies answered with a run in the top of the fourth on a Mike Brosseau sacrifice fly.

The Wolverines took the lead in the fifth as Patrick singled, moved to second on a groundout, advanced to third on a flyout and scored on a wild pitch. Another wild pitch scored senior Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) to give the Wolverines a 3-1 advantage.

Ballantine earned the win on the mound, striking out four and allowing three hits and a run in five innings of work. He improved to 3-2 on the season. Freshmen Keith Lehmann (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township), Mac Lozer (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) and Brett Adcock (Kawkawlin, Mich./Bay City Western) pitched the final four innings of relief, and each hurler struck out one Golden Grizzly.

Michigan steps back into Big Ten play this Friday (May 2) as the Maize and Blue opens a three-game series at Northwestern. First pitch is at 3 p.m. Central (4 p.m. Eastern) at Rocky Miller Park in Evanston, Ill.

Contact: Kent Reichert


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