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The University of Michigan baseball team saw Nebraska plate runs in the first four innings, including a five-spot in the opening frame, in a 14-3 loss in the Big Ten opener Friday night (March 20) at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park.
Sophomore Brett Adcock retired the first Husker in the bottom of the first but walked the next three to load the bases. Ben Miller brought in the first run with an infield single. After a fielder's choice retired Blake Headley at home, three straight singles brought in four Nebraska runs. The Cornhuskers scored an unearned run in the bottom of the second, and Ryan Boldt's two-run home run highlighted a three-run Nebraska third inning.
Nebraska made it 11-0 in the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Headley and a run-scoring infield single by Tanner Lubach. The Wolverines got on the board in the fifth as junior Jacob Cronenworth doubled and scored on senior Jackson Glines' triple down the right-field line. Nebraska put three runs on the board in the bottom of the sixth with Michigan answering with a pair in the top of the seventh. Senior Eric Jacobson led off the frame with a single to left. He went to second on Cronenworth's walk. A Glines groundout moved both runners up 90 feet. Junior Cody Bruder brought in Jacobson with a single to center, and freshman Jake Bivens' groundout scored Cronenworth.
Glines was 3-for-5 on the night, while Bivens had two hits and drove in a run. Adcock was saddled with the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) on five hits in 1.2 innings pitched.
In the next game, for the second straight day, the University of Michigan baseball team yielded five first-innings runs to Nebraska in a 5-1 defeat Saturday afternoon (March 21) at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park.
Freshman Ryan Nutof gave up five runs in the first, then he settled down to pick up a career-high seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings. He gave up eight hits and walked a pair. Senior Donnie Eaton allowed just one hit in 2.1 innings of relief.
Three straight singles opened the first frame for the Huskers and were followed by a hit-by-pitch, walk and an RBI single from Austin Darby. Christian Cox drove in the final two runs with a single to right. Nebraska had five of its nine hits in the first inning.
The Wolverines got on the board in the top of the third. Senior Jackson Glines was hit by a pitch with one out and scored on sophomore Carmen Benedetti's double to the gap in left. Kyle Kubat kept Michigan off the scoreboard for the rest of the day. Kubat struck out nine and allowed six hits with two walks in 7.1 innings pitched.
In final game of the three-game set seniors Jackson Glines and Eric Jacobson each had three hits, but Nebraska took the lead with a run in the bottom of the fourth and added insurance with four runs in the seventh as the University of Michigan baseball team fell, 6-3, Sunday (March 22) at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park. The result completes the series sweep for Nebraska.