May 16, 2013
Site: Lincoln, Neb. (Haymarket Park)
Score: Michigan 7, Nebraska 5
Records: U-M (28-24, 13-9 Big Ten), NEB (24-27, 14-8 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, May 17 -- at Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.), 6:35 p.m. CDT
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The University of Michigan baseball team scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to come from behind and beat Nebraska, 7-5, on Thursday night (May 16) at Haymarket Park.
Michigan trailed the Cornhuskers, 5-3, going into the seventh. Senior/junior John DiLaura (Clinton Twp., Mich./Warren DeLa Salle) walked with one out and went to third on senior Patrick Biondi's (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) infield hit and a Nebraska throwing error. Freshman Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) came through with a two-out single, scoring both runners and tying the game. Freshman Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) singled and moved to second on the throw, putting runners on second and third. Sophomore Zach Zott (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) then reached on an infield single, scoring both Maezes and Cronenworth for the 7-5 lead.
Sophomore James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) earned the win, allowing a pair of hits and no runs with six strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work. Cronenworth earned his seventh save of the season. Nebraska had runners at second and third with two outs, but Blake Headley lined to sophomore Dylan Delaney (Woodland Hills, Calif./Chaminade) to end the game.
Junior Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) belted his fourth home run of the season, a towering shot to leftfield, giving U-M a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Nebraska took the lead with a two-run second and added two more runs in the fourth.
The Maize and Blue scored an unearned run in the fifth. Junior Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) singled up the middle with two out. DiLaura reached on an error to put runners on the corners, and Biondi brought in Martin with a single up the middle, cutting the Cornhusker lead to 4-2.
Nebraska scored a run in the fifth, but the Maize and Blue came back to score a run in the sixth. O'Neill was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Zott's two-out single to right.
Biondi and Cronenworth had three hits apiece for U-M, while Zott and Maezes drove in two runs each. O'Neill scored two runs to go with his round-tripper.
The Wolverines and Cornhuskers continue the three-game series Friday night (May 17) at 6:35 p.m. CDT at Haymarket Park in Lincoln, Neb.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423