Wolverines Split Saturday Games in Columbus

In the first game of Saturdays doubleheader the Michigan Wolverine baseball team let a late lead slip away as the Buckeyes rallied in the bottom of the 7th to win the game 2-1.

With Michigan leading 1-0 and two outs in the bottom of the 6th, slumping Buckeye Brett Gerrard finally got Ohio State on the scoreboard. After two easy ground ball outs, Wolverine hurler Derek Feldkamp hung a pitch high in the strike zone that Gerrard crushed over the fence for his third home run of the season to tie the score at one.

The Wolverines had their chance to take the lead again in the seventh but came up just short. Matt Butler singled up the middle to start the inning as he notched just the third hit of the night off of Buckeye starter Trent Luyster. A sacrifice bunt from Brad Roblin Butler into scoring position and A.J. Scheidt walked with one out to put runners on first and second base. A fielders choice by Jeff Kunkel advanced Butler to third base with two outs in the final inning but pinch hitter Nick Rudden was unable to get the job done as he fouled out to end the Wolverine threat.

In the bottom half of the seventh Ohio State rallied to win the game on Jedidiah Stephen's single down the first base line, which scored Drew Anderson. The rally started on a four-pitch walk to Anderson, who advanced to third base on a Jacob Howell single up the middle. An intentional walk to put the force out at home plate in effect. Stephen belted the ball past the Wolverine infield to end the game. Anderson reached base on all four of his at-bats for the Buckeyes

Michigan scored it's lone run of the game in the fourth inning, capitalizing on multiple Buckeye mistakes. Eric Rose singled on the first pitch of the inning for Michigan and advanced to third base quickly after a balk and wild pitch from Buckeye pitcher Trent Luyster. Kyle Bohm doubled to left-center for Michigan to score Rose but after a sacrifice fly to move him to third the offense would stall. A strike out and a pop out would end the Michigan inning.

With the win in game one Ohio State moved a game ahead of the Wolverines for first place in the Big 10 once again going into game two of the double header.

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