Loss to Nebraska Ends Michigan's Big Ten Tourney Run

May 24, 2014

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Site: Omaha, Neb. (TD Ameritrade Park)
Event: Big Ten Tournament
Score: #20 Nebraska 6, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (30-29-1), NEB (40-18)
Attendance: 12,011
Next U-M Event: Season Complete

OMAHA, Neb. -- The University of Michigan baseball team allowed five Nebraska runs in the bottom of the sixth as the Cornhuskers knocked the Wolverines out of the Big Ten Tournament with a 6-1 win Saturday afternoon (May 24) at TD Ameritrade Park. Michigan ends its season with a 30-29-1 record.

Freshman Keith Lehmann (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) and Nebraska's Kyle Kubat traded zeroes for the first three innings, but the Huskers put up a run in the bottom of the fourth. Lehmann walked Pat Kelly and Blake Headley with one out. He got Austin Darby to fly out, but Tanner Lubach singled up the middle to bring in Kelly.

Nebraska scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth. Pat Kelly doubled with one out and moved to third on Headley's bloop single. Darby brought in a run with a double in the gap in right field. Nebraska loaded the bases on a hit-by-pitch and brought in two more runs on back-to-back walks. An infield single from Jake Placzek scored Nebraska's fourth run of the inning, and a walk to Michael Pritchard made it 6-0 Huskers.

Michigan scored its run in the top of the ninth. Sophomore Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) was hit by a pitch to open the frame. He moved to second on a wild pitch and sprinted to third on classmate Jacob Cronenworth's (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) flyout to right. Junior Jackson Glines (Coarsegold, Calif./Fresno City College) brought in Maezes with a sacrifice fly to right.

Cronenworth had two of Michigan's three hits on the day. Nebraska's Kyle Kubat earned the win, pitching 8.2 innings and striking out six while allowing three hits and a run and a pair of walks. Lehmann was tagged with the loss. He struck out a pair and allowed four hits and two runs with two walks.

The Wolverines graduate five seniors from the 2014 roster. Michigan ended in a tie for fourth in the Big Ten regular-season and was one of the last four teams remaining in the Big Ten Tournament.

Contact: Kent Reichert

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