Szkutnik Tosses Gem, But U-M Blanked by Buckeyes

May 9, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Ohio State 1, Michigan 0
Records: U-M (24-26-1, 11-11 Big Ten), OSU (28-22, 9-10 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 10 -- vs. Ohio State (Wilpon Complex), 2 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior Trent Szkutnik (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) pitched a career-high 8.2 innings and struck out six for the University of Michigan baseball team, but a run in the top of the second inning held up in a 1-0 Ohio State win Friday night (May 9) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. With Indiana's win over Penn State Friday, U-M officially clinched a spot in the Big Ten Tournament, which runs May 21-15 in Omaha, Neb.

Szkutnik had five 1-2-3 innings and scattered seven hits in his start. Sophomore James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) added a strikeout in the ninth, but the Maize and Blue was shut out for the fifth time this season as Tanner Tully went the distance for OSU, striking out three while also scattering seven hits and allowing no walks.

The Buckeyes scored the run in the second inning. Patrick Porter led off the inning with a single to left. He went to second on Josh Dezse's single. Ronnie Dawson moved both runners up a base with a sacrifice bunt. Michigan got the second out on a fielder's choice out at the plate off the bat of Connor Sabanosh, but Craig Nennig doubled to right to bring in the game's lone run.

Michigan put a runner in scoring position in the first two innings but failed to do so in the next seven. Sophomore Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) singled and stole second with one out in the first, but a flyout and lineout ended the threat. Then in the second, junior Kevin White (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) singled with two out to put junior Dominic Jamett (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich./University Liggett) on second, but a foul out ended that inning.

Senior Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) had two of the Maize and Blue's seven hits on the night.

Michigan and Ohio State continue the three-game series Saturday afternoon (May 10) at 2 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. Following Saturday's game, there will be postgame autographs with the team as well as a "Movie in the Outfield" as fans will be allowed to bring blankets and sit in the outfield to watch "The Sandlot." [ Promotions ]

Contact: Kent Reichert

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