May 4, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Michigan 5, Northwestern 3
Records: U-M (22-25-1, 11-10 Big Ten), Northwestern (13-31, 5-15 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, May 6 -- at Central Michigan (Mt. Pleasant, Mich.), 4:05 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. - Sophomore Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) broke a 3-all tie in the ninth inning with a two-run single as the University of Michigan baseball team battled back to defeat Northwestern 5-3 Sunday afternoon (May 4) at Rocky Miller Park, winning the weekend series and moving to 11-10 in Big Ten play.
For the third straight game of the series, Michigan put up a number in the top of the first. Junior Jackson Glines (Coarsegold, Calif./Fresno City College) and freshman Carmen Benedetti (Grosse Pointe, Mich./South) reached on two-out singles. Senior Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) then singled through the left side, scoring Glines and giving U-M the early 1-0 lead.
Northwestern answered with three runs in the first. Fifth-year senior Logan McAnallen (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt) struck out the first batter, but had two walks, a single and a hit by pitch that forced in a run. Freshman Keith Lehmann (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) came in and gave up an RBI single to Walker Moses and a sacrifice fly by Jake Straub. That would be the final runs for the Wildcats as the U-M bullpen shut down the Northwestern offense.
Martin led off the fourth inning with a single to center. He moved to second on junior Eric Jacobson's (Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius) sacrifice bunt to third on a wild pitch and scored on senior/junior Kendall Patrick's (Mitchell, S.D./Blackhawk College) groundout to short. The Maize and Blue tied the game at three in the top of the fifth when junior Kevin White (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) opened the frame with a triple and scored on Cronenworth's sacrifice fly to left.
The score remained tied at three until the top of the ninth. Patrick led off with a single up the middle. Junior pinch runner Zach Zott (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) stole second and moved to third on junior Dominic Jamett's (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich./University Liggett School) single to right. Michigan loaded the bases as sophomore Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) hit a grounder to first. Cronenworth then came through with a single through the right side for the winning two runs.
Freshman Brett Adcock (Kawkawlin, Mich./Bay City Western) earned the win on the mound, striking out six and allowing just one hit in 2.2 innings. Lehmann threw five innings of relief, striking out three and not allowing a run with four hits. Cronenworth picked up his 10th save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
At the plate, White was 3-for-4 with a run scored while Cronenworth, Glines, Martin and Jamett had two hits apiece. Cronenworth also drove in three runs.
U-M will play its final regular-season road contest this Tuesday (May 6) at Central Michigan. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m.
N O T E S
Michigan ends its Big Ten road season with a 7-5 record, winning series over Illinois, Purdue and Northwestern.
Senior Cole Martin has now reached base in 14 straight games after going 2-for-4 with an RBI in the Northwestern win.
Jacob Cronenworth picked up his 17th career save in the Northwestern win. Cronenworth is alone in third place on Michigan's career save list.
Cronenworth earned his sixth multi-RBI performance, driving in three runs, including the game-winning runs in the ninth, in the Northwestern win.
Kevin White has five hits in his last two games after going 3-for-4 with a triple in the Northwestern win. That also is a season high for hits in a game for White.
Keith Lehmann has not allowed a run in his last 17 innings pitched after going five innings and not allowing a run in the Northwestern win.
Brett Adcock now has 40 strikeouts after his six-strikeout performance in the Northwestern win. He becomes Michigan's fourth 40-strikeout pitcher, joining Trent Szkutnik, Ben Ballantine and Evan Hill.
Dominic Jamett had his first multi-hit game in his career, going 2-for-4 in the Northwestern win.
Contact: Kent Reichert
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