No. 16 Michigan Slugs Past EMU in Final Midweek Contest

May 16, 2017

» The Wolverines tied a season high with 17 hits in the win.
» Miles Lewis led the offense by tying his career high with four hits, including two doubles.
» The Maize and Blue improves to 2-0 against the Eagles this season, holding a 5-1 record over in-state foes.
» The win marks the Wolverines' 40th of the season, the most in a single season for the Maize and Blue since 2008.

Box Score

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: #16 Michigan 12 Eastern Michigan 4
Records: U-M (40-12), EMU (21-32)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, May 18 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 4:05 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Led by a career-high four hits from sophomore Miles Lewis, the No. 16-ranked University of Michigan baseball team exploded for 17 hits on Tuesday night (May 16) and rallied for a 12-4 victory over Eastern Michigan at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium, in the Wolverines' final non-conference matchup of the regular season.

After a scoreless first inning, the scoreboard came alive in the second inning. Eastern Michigan got on the board first after a single accompanied by a fielding error put a runner in scoring position, and a double and an RBI single sent two runners home to push the Eagles up 2-0 over the Wolverines.

The Wolverines responded promptly as they made it a tie game in the bottom of the second. With junior Drew Lugbauer on first after drawing a walk, sophomore Miles Lewis beat out an infield single to give Michigan two men on with no outs. Sophomore Nick Poirier then reached first on a fielding error that allowed Lugbauer to score for Michigan's first run of the day. With no outs and runners on the corners, sophomore Jimmy Kerr sent a fly ball to the warning track in right field for a sacrifice flyout, scoring Lewis for a 2-2 ballgame.

In the top of the third, Eastern's leadoff man sent a solo shot over the left-field wall to regain the a lead and force a Michigan pitching change. From there, sophomore William Tribucher took the mound for the Wolverines and recorded three quick outs to send Michigan back to bat.

The Maize and Blue again responded in the bottom of the inning, forcing a defining 4-3 lead and never looking back. The at-bat began with a walk to senior Michael Brdar, before Lugbauer singled to right field, sending Brdar from first to third. With runners on the corners, Lewis ripped a double down the right-field line to score Brdar and make it a tie game once again. One out later, a passed ball allowed Lugbauer to score easily for a one-run lead.

Michigan's offense continued in the fourth inning as sophomore Jonathan Engelmann belted a solo homer over the brick monster in left field, marking the second home run of his career.

The Wolverines also added three more runs in the top of the fifth to extend their lead to 8-3. The inning featured Lewis' second double of the day, an infield single by Poirier and outfield singles by both Kerr and senior Harrison Wenson.

Despite leading by five, the Maize and Blue added four more runs in the sixth to take a commanding 12-3 lead. The Eagles scored a lone run in the top of the ninth but ultimately fell to Michigan, 12-4.

Tribucher earned the win for the Wolverines from the mound, improving to 4-1 on the season. The lefty tossed four complete innings of relief, recording five strikeouts and allowing no runs on just two hits.

Freshman Karl Kauffmann, sophomore Troy Miller and freshman Benjamin Keizer combined to close out the final three innings for the Wolverines on the mound. The trio allowed just one run on two hits.

Overall, the Wolverines tied a season high with 17 hits in the outing. Lewis led the offense, tying his career high with four hits, including two doubles. Five Wolverines had multi-hit outings in the win, while Kerr and Lugbauer led the team with two RBI apiece.

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The Wolverines return to action on Thursday (May 16) as they travel to East Lansing to take on Michigan State in the first of three Big Ten Conference games, which will serve as the final contests of the regular season. Michigan State will host the first and final games of the series, with Michigan hosting the middle game. First pitch for Thursday's contest is set for 4:05 p.m. at McLane Stadium.

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