May 22, 2013
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Target Field)
Event: Big Ten Tournament
Score: Nebraska 11, Michigan 2
Records: U-M (29-26), NEB (26-28)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, May 23 -- vs. Illinois (Minneapolis, Minn.), 12:05 p.m. CDT (TV: Big Ten Network)
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The University of Michigan baseball team fell to Nebraska, 11-2, in game two of the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday afternoon (May 22) at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. Nebraska's Kyle Kubat had a no-hitter through 6.2 innings, and the Huskers scored three runs in three separate innings against the Wolverines, who were playing in their first conference tourney game since 2010.
Michigan now is in the loser's bracket and will face fifth-seeded Illinois on Thursday afternoon (May 23) at 12:05 p.m. CDT.
Nebraska scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first as a balk drove in Rich Sanguinetti. The Cornhuskers added three more runs in the third, highlighted by a two-run single from Blake Headley. Nebraska broke the game open in the fifth on a three-run double from Austin Darby, giving the Huskers a 7-0 lead.
Michigan broke up Kubat's no-hitter in the seventh when sophomore Kevin White (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) singled up the middle with two outs. Michigan loaded the bases in that inning, but the Cornhuskers induced a groundout to end the threat.
Nebraska scored three more times in the seventh and once in the eighth. Michigan avoided the shutout in the ninth by plating a pair of runs. Freshman Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) singled with one out. He moved to third on a throwing error by the Cornhusker shortstop and scored on White's single up the middle. Sophomore Kyle Jusick (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) then doubled to the gap in left to score White.
Sophomore James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) was tagged with the loss, allowing six hits and five earned runs with five strikeouts and four walks. Kubat allowed just one hit and struck out six in seven innings of work for the Cornhuskers.
White had two of Michigan's five hits on the day, adding a run batted in and a run scored.
N O T E S
Sophomore RF Kevin White, who is hitting .278 (44-for-158), was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a run scored and his two-out, seventh-inning single was Michigan's first hit of the game. White has 14 multi-hit games in 2013 and 21 in his career as a Wolverine.
Sophomore 1B Kyle Jusick, who is hitting .267 (32-for-120), was 1-for-3 with a run-scoring double and a walk. Jusick has a two-game hitting streak.
Senior/junior DH John DiLaura, who is hitting .277 (13-for-47), was 1-for-3 with an eighth-inning single. DiLaura has a two-game hitting streak.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423