May 2, 2014
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Rocky Miller Park)
Score: Northwestern 5, Michigan 3
Records: U-M (20-25-1, 9-10 Big Ten), NW (13-29, 5-13 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 3 -- at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.), 1 p.m. CDT
EVANSTON, Ill. -- For the second straight Big Ten series opener, a big inning did in the University of Michigan baseball team. The Wolverines allowed five runs in the bottom of the third inning in a 5-3 loss at Northwestern on Friday afternoon (May 2) at Rocky Miller Park.
The Maize and Blue scored twice in the top of the first against the Wildcats. Sophomore Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) singled to right and moved to second on junior Jackson Glines' (Coarsegold, Calif./Fresno City College) walk. Senior Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) walked to load the bases, and freshman Carmen Benedetti (Grosse Pointe, Mich./South) brought in a run on a sacrifice fly. Michigan loaded the bases again, and junior Eric Jacobson (Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius) laid down a perfect bunt to third base for a run-scoring single. The Wolverines took a 3-0 lead in the second on Glines' groundout to first, scoring sophomore Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich/Pioneer).
Northwestern answered with a five-run third inning, highlighted by a run-scoring triple by Luke Dauch and a two-run home run from Joe Hoscheit. Michigan had just one runner reach second base after the third inning as the Wildcats took the first game of the series.
Cronenworth and Jacobson had two hits apiece for the Maize and Blue. Sophomore Evan Hill (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) was tagged with the loss, allowing two earned runs and three hits with a pair of strikeouts and a walk in 2.2 innings pitched. Junior James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) pitched 5.1 innings of solid relief, allowing just one hit and striking out a pair.
Michigan and Northwestern continue the three-game series on Saturday afternoon (May 3) at 1 p.m. CDT at Rocky Miller Park in Evanston, Ill.
Contact: Kent Reichert