Team breakdown courtesy of MGoBlue.com
In the University of Michigan baseball team's opening game of the season the Maize & Blue held a 2-0 lead after 4 1/2 innings, but Long Beach State tied the game at two in the fifth and scored the game-winning run in the sixth in a 3-2 win over the Wolverines Friday night (Feb. 13) at Blair Field.
Junior Travis Maezes had two of Michigan's eight hits on the night. He joined fifth-year senior Kendall Patrick, junior Cody Bruder and junior Jacob Cronenworth with doubles in the game. Maezes and freshman Drew Lugbauer had the Wolverines' runs-batted-in.
The Dirtbags sent eight men to the plate, tying the contest at two in the fifth inning. The Wolverines turned a double play for two quick outs but a walk, single and three straight walks put a pair of runs up for Long Beach State. LBSU took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI triple by Tristan Mercadel.
In the second game Michigan yielded runs in each of the first three innings in a 7-2 loss at Long Beach State on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 14) at Blair Field.
The Wolverines had two more doubles on the day, this time off the bats of sophomores Johnny Slater and Carmen Benedetti. Slater's two-bagger drove in a run, while junior Cody Bruder also had a run batted in. On the mound, freshmen Michael Hendrickson and Bryan Pall combined to pitch 5.2 innings of relief, striking out five and allowing a pair of runs.
In the final game Jacob Cronenworth hit an opposite-field two-run single in the top of the 10th, lifting the University of Michigan baseball team to a 5-3, extra-inning victory over Long Beach State Sunday afternoon (Feb. 15) at Blair Field for U-M's first win of the season.
Fifth-year senior Kendall Patrick walked to lead off the 10th. Sophomore Johnny Slater traded places with Patrick after a fielder's choice. Freshman Jake Bivens was hit by his second pitch of the game as Michigan had runners on first and second. Senior Eric Jacobson moved both runners up a base after a groundout, which led to Cronenworth's heroics.