No. 16 Michigan Falters in Series Opener at Michigan State
Johnny Slater

May 18, 2017

» Johnny Slater broke up a no-hitter with a leadoff single in the top of the seventh.
» Miles Lewis drove in Michigan's only run with a sacrifice fly.
» Ryan Nutof tossed four innings of relief and allowed just one run.

Box Score

Site: East Lansing, Mich. (McLane Stadium)
Score: Michigan State 6, #16 Michigan 1
Records: U-M (40-13, 14-8 B1G), MSU (29-21, 10-12 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Friday, May 19 -- vs. Michigan State (Wilpon Complex.), 6 p.m.

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- One run on two hits was not enough on Thursday (May 18) as the No. 16-ranked University of Michigan baseball team dropped the first contest of a three-game series with Michigan State by a 6-1 score at McLane Stadium.

Following a scoreless first inning, the Spartans rallied for a four-run lead in the bottom of the second inning on three hits and two walks.

Michigan State added a run on a solo homer in the fourth, forcing a 5-0 lead. With no hits through six innings, Michigan was unable to put a run on the board until the seventh.

The Wolverines got their first runner on base in the top of the sixth, as sophomore Jimmy Kerr sent a hard ground ball to third base that resulted in a Spartan error. Despite reaching with one out, he was never able to move past first.

It was senior Johnny Slater who spoiled the no-hitter, sending a first-pitch single to centerfield in the top of the seventh for Michigan's first hit of the day. Senior Michael Brdar followed with a first-pitch single up the middle, and a groundout to deep second base pushed both men in scoring position. From there, sophomore Miles Lewis drove in the Wolverines' first and only run with a sacrifice fly out to center field.

A solo home run in the bottom of the eighth extended the Spartan lead back to five, and the Wolverines were retired in order in the ninth as Michigan State clinched the 6-1 victory.

Junior Alec Rennard was credited with the loss in the effort after tossing four complete innings and surrendering five runs, despite only allowing four hits. The righty walked two and struck out six in the effort.

Junior Ryan Nutof took the mound in relief in the bottom of the fifth and closed out the game for the Wolverines on the mound. He scattered five hits and surrendered one run while striking out five.

Overall, Michigan picked up two hits in the effort, while Lewis drove in the Wolverines' lone run.

No. 16-ranked Michigan and Michigan State will continue the three-game series on Friday (May 19) with a single game at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. First pitch is set for 6 p.m., and the night will serve as Michigan's Senior Day celebration. [ Tickets ]

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