May 4, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Iowa 4, Michigan 3 (12 innings)
Records: U-M (23-21, 9-8 Big Ten), Iowa (17-24, 5-12 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, May 5 -- vs. Iowa (Wilpon Complex), 1:05 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team held a 3-0 lead after six innings, but Iowa came back with two runs in the seventh, one in the eighth and one in the 12th for a 4-3 extra-inning win Saturday afternoon (May 5) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.
Iowa's Sasha Kuebel faced the minimum through three innings, but Michigan got to the lefty in the fourth. Junior Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) reached on an infield single and went to third on a single from freshman Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer). Freshman Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) brought in O'Neill with a sacrifice fly to center.
Michigan put up two more runs in the sixth. Sophomore Eric Jacobson (Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius) and senior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) led off the frame with singles. O'Neill groundout moved both runners up 90 feet. Maezes then singled on a suicide squeeze that scored both Jacobson and Biondi, giving Michigan a 3-0 lead.
Freshman Evan Hill (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) allowed just three hits through six innings, but two walks and a fielder's choice ended his day. Fifth-year senior Chad Jasman (Bay City, Mich./Western) walked the bases loaded and Kris Goodman scored a pair with a single up the middle. Jasman got out of the inning without further damage after inducing a double-play groundout.
Iowa tied the game in the eighth on a Bryan Niedbalski single. Niedbalski then had a hand in the winning run as his sacrifice fly to center scored Jake Yacinich. Michigan had a runner on second with one out in the 12th, but Taylor Kaufman struck out the Maize and Blue's final two hitters to earn the win.
Sophomore Matt Ogden (Aurora, Colo./Smoky Hill) took the loss on the mound. He went 3.1 innings of relief and allowed a pair of hits, a run, a strikeout and two walks. Hill gave up three hits and two runs with four walks and four strikeouts in 6.1 innings.
Maezes and Cronenworth had two hits apiece with Maezes driving in a pair of runs.
The Wolverines and Hawkeyes conclude the three-game series Sunday afternoon (May 5) at 1:05 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423