Bakich's Baseball Review (Week 2)

Michigan baseball coach Eric Bakich sat down with Sam Webb on Sports Talk 1050 WTKA this week to review his team's 1-3 over the second weekend of action. The Wolverines were 0-2 versus Davidson and 1-1 versus Tennessee Tech. They are now 2-5 on the season.

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In game one of the weekend's four game set junior Cody Bruder tripled in a run in the eighth and broke a 5-all tie with an RBI bunt single in the ninth as the University of Michigan baseball team opened its weekend in Savannah with a 6-5 win over Tennessee Tech Friday afternoon (Feb. 20) at historic Grayson Stadium.

Bruder and senior Jackson Glines had three hits apiece while junior Jacob Cronenworth, sophomore Carmen Benedetti and senior Kevin White each had two safties to lead the U-M offense. Cronenworth also earned the win on the mound, pitching the final two innings with three strikeouts and no Golden Eagle hits.

Freshman Bryan Pall struck out three in 1.1 innings of relief, while classmate Michael Hendrickson pitched two innings and did not allow a run while striking out a batter. Sophomore Brett Adcock allowed two hits and two runs in a 2.1-inning start.

Michigan followed up that victory with back to back losses to Davidson, 5-4 in 11 innings, and Tennessee Tech, 11-8, Saturday afternoon (Feb. 21) at historic Grayson Stadium.

Michigan struck first in the first against Davidson. Jacob Cronenworth walked to open the inning. He went to second on senior Jackson Glines' single to left. The Wolverines tried a double steal and the Wildcats threw out Cronenworth to third. Glines moved up to second on that play and scored on sophomore Carmen Benedetti's double to left.

Davidson took the lead in the top of the 11th as Lee Miler drove in a pair of runs with a single to left. Sophomore Harrison Wenson reached on a catcher's interference to open the bottom of the 11th. Cronenworth walked and Bruder singled to load the bases. A Glines groundout to first brought in a run but a flyout ended the game.

Benedetti and Glines had two hits apiece in the Davidson game while Benedetti drove in three runs. Sophomore Keith Lehmann struck out a career-high seven in a five-inning start. He allowed just three hits and no runs. The loss was tagged to freshman Michael Hendrickson, who gave up two runs on a hit in the 11th.

In the nightcap, Tennessee Tech got on the board with two runs in the second on an RBI groundout from Trevor Putzig and a run-scoring single by Anthony El Chibani. The Golden Eagles put up six unearned runs in the third, as a pair of errors combined with four hits and a walk put TTU up 8-0.

Michigan scored a pair of runs in the ninth but a flyout ended the game. Glines had three hits against the Golden Eagles, while Cronenworth, Patrick, White, Bivens and Jacobson had two hits apiece. Benedetti drove in three runs while Bivens scored two. The loss went to freshman Ryan Nutof. He allowed six hits and two earned runs with five strikeouts and four walks in five innings pitched.

In the final game David Daniels' two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning propelled Davidson to a 3-2 win over Michigan Sunday morning (Feb. 22) inside historical Grayson Stadium.

Michigan grabbed a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh on senior Eric Jacobson's RBI single that scored freshman Jake Bivens. In the bottom of the 8th, Alec Acosta walked to lead off the frame. He went to second on a sacrifice bunt. Brett Adcock struck out the next batter, but Daniels' drove in the game-winning runs with a deep fly to left field.

Freshman Jayce Vancena earned the start on the mound. He allowed four hits and a run with a pair of strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched.

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