Maezes' Blast Boosts U-M to Win in B1G Tourney Opener

May 22, 2014

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Site: Omaha, Neb. (TD Ameritrade Park)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (First Round)
Score: Michigan 3, Minnesota 2
Records: U-M (29-27-1), MINN (27-23)
Attendance: 10,424
Next U-M Event: Thursday, May 22 -- vs. Indiana - Big Ten Tournament (Omaha, Neb.), 9 p.m. CDT [ TV: Big Ten Network ]

OMAHA, Neb. -- Sophomore Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) belted a three-run home run with one out in the top of the seventh inning as the University of Michigan baseball team defeated Minnesota, 3-2, in game four of the 2014 Big Ten Baseball Tournament Wednesday night (May 21) at TD Ameritrade Park.

Michigan will now face top-seeded and No. 9-ranked Indiana Thursday night (May 22) at 9 p.m. CDT in a winner's bracket game, which will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Indiana defeated Iowa, 5-2, in game three of the tournament.

Michigan had a golden opportunity to score in the top of the second when senior Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) reached on an infield single and freshman Carmen Benedetti (Grosse Pointe, Mich./South) doubled off the wall in right. With runners on second and third, junior Kevin White (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) grounded into a fielder's choice as Martin was out at the plate before freshman Jackson Lamb (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) hit into an inning-ending 6-3 double play.

The Golden Gophers scored a run in the fourth. Tony Skjefte collected Minnesota's first hit of the game with a one-out single. He scored all the way from first on Michael Handel's double to the gap in left. Minnesota then plated a run in the bottom of the fifth as Connor Schaefbauer singled through the left side to score Jordan Smith.

Michigan opened the seventh with a strikeouts, but Lamb and junior Eric Jacobson (Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius) singled, setting up Maezes' heroics.

Maezes, junior Jackson Glines (Coarsegold, Calif./Fresno City College), Lamb and Jacobson had two hits apiece for the Maize and Blue.

Junior James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) earned the win on the mound in relief. He struck out three and allowed two hits in three innings. Classmate Trent Szkutnik (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) also had three strikeouts in his start, going 4.2 innings and allowing four hits and two runs. Sophomore Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) picked up his 12th save, striking out a batter in 1.1 innings.

Contact: Kent Reichert

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