Maize & Blue Blanks No. 22 Kansas for Senior Day Triumph

May 18, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Michigan 4, #22 Kansas 0
Records: U-M (28-27-1), KU (34-22)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, May 21 -- vs. Minnesota - Big Ten Tournament (Omaha, Neb.), 9 p.m. CDT [ TV: Big Ten Network ]

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Four pitchers combined on the University of Michigan baseball team's first shutout of the season as the Wolverines blanked No. 22 Kansas, 4-0, Sunday afternoon (May 18) on Senior Day at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. All five U-M senior contributed to the win in the regular-season finale.

Fifth-year seniors Logan McAnallen (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt) and Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) and senior Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) went the first 5.2 innings on the mound for the Maize and Blue. McAnallen faced the minimum in the first, passing it to Ballantine, who struck out three in two innings of work to earn the win. Lakatos went the next 2.2 innings, striking out a pair and allowing just an infield single. At the plate, senior Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in, while senior Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) singled to start the seventh inning.

The Wolverines struck for three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Sophomore Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) opened the frame with a single. He went to second on classmate Jacob Cronenworth's (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) sacrifice bunt. Junior Jackson Glines (Coarsegold, Calif./Fresno City College) walked, and junior Kyle Jusick (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) singled to load the bases. Martin then brought in a pair of runs with a single up the middle, and Jusick scampered home on a passed ball, giving U-M a three-run edge.

The Wolverines used some two-out magic to score a run in the bottom of the seventh. Cronenworth drew a two-out walk and scored all the way from first on Glines' double to the corner in right.

Freshman Jackson Lamb (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) joined Martin in the two-hit parade, while sophomore Evan Hill (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) earned his first save of the season, pitching the final 3.1 innings and striking out four Jayhawk batters.

Michigan now turns its attention to the 2014 Big Ten Tournament at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. The Wolverines, the fifth seed in the tournament, open postseason play against No. 4 seed Minnesota Wednesday night (May 21) at 9 p.m. CDT (10 p.m. EDT) with the game televised on the Big Ten Network.

Contact: Kent Reichert


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