U-M Ties Game Late Before Losing on Six-Run Kansas Ninth

May 17, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: #22 Kansas 8, Michigan 2
Records: U-M (27-27-1), KU (34-21)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, May 18 -- vs. Kansas (Wilpon Complex), 1 p.m. [ Tickets ]

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team played No. 22 Kansas even for eight frames Saturday afternoon (May 17), before the Jayhawks plated six runs in the top of the ninth to break a 2-all tie in an 8-2 final at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.

Both teams' pitching staffs put up zeroes through the first six innings. Junior Trent Szkutnik (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) ran into trouble in the first, loading the bases with one out but got out of the jam with a pop out and a strikeout. Szkutnik had two strikeouts in a scheduled two-inning start. Freshman Brett Adcock (Kawkawlin, Mich./Bay City Western) came in and struck out the side in the third on his way to five strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Kansas was held hitless through the first five innings, before a Justin Protacio single to start the sixth broke up the Michigan no-hitter.

The Wolverines loaded the bases in the sixth as sophomore Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) both singled to put runners on the corners. Junior Jackson Glines (Coarsegold, Calif./Fresno City College) walked to load the bases, but a shallow fly out and double play ended the inning.

Michigan got on the scoreboard in the seventh. Junior Kyle Jusick (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) singled and was thrown out at third on classmate Kevin White's (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) single. White moved to second on the throw, stole third and scored on a Kansas throwing error. The Jayhawks scored a pair of runs in the eighth as Colby Wright had a run-scoring single to left and then scored on a Michigan fielding error.

The Maize and Blue tied the game in the bottom of the eighth. Maezes reached on an error, went to second on Cronenworth's sacrifice bunt and stole third. He scored as Glines scorched a liner to first that took Kansas first baseman Ryan Pidhaichuk's glove off.

Kansas led off the ninth with a Connor McKay double to left field. Ka'iana Eldredge then laid down a sacrifice bunt and both runners were safe due to a Wolverine error. A walk and hit-by-pitch led to the winning run. Cronenworth got the next two Jayhawks out, but Michael Suiter's infield single scored a pair of runs, and Dakota Smith's three-run homer capped the six-run frame.

Maezes went 2-for-4 for Michigan's offense. Cronenworth was tagged with the loss, allowing five unearned runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Michigan will play its final regular-season game Sunday afternoon (May 18) against No. 22 Kansas at 1 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. U-M will honor the five seniors before Sunday's game, and the first 250 fans will receive a set of Michigan baseball senior trading cards. [ Promotions ]

Contact: Kent Reichert

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