Michigan pulls away from No. 24 Iowa
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore Carmen Benedetti had three doubles and drove in five run, seniors Jackson Glines and Kendall Patrick both homered on graduation day and Michigan broke a 5-5 tie with two runs in the sixth and four in the seventh inning as the Wolverines defeated No. 24 Iowa 11-5 on Saturday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.
Benedetti was 4-for-5 with the five runs driven in while Patrick was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Freshman Jake Bivens was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Glines and junior Travis Maezes scored a pair of runs.
Both teams put up runs in each of first three innings. Kris Goodman tripled to left to give Iowa a 1-0 lead, but Michigan answered with two in the bottom of the frame. Glines homered down the right field line, tying the game at one. Maezes reached on an infield single and scored on Benedetti's first double. Iowa tied the game at two in the top of the second on Jimmy Frankos' RBI single to right. Patrick then led off the second with a home run over the wall in left field.
Dan Potempa's two-run double to left put Iowa up 4-3 in the third, but Benedetti drove in a run with his second double and scored on Bivens' infield single, giving the Maize and Blue the 5-4 lead. Iowa tied the game in the fourth on Tyler Peyton's RBI on a throwing error. Sophomore Mac Lozer came in with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth and struck out Potempa and Nick Roscetti to end that threat.
Michigan took the lead for good in the sixth on Benedetti's 2-run double to right. The Wolverines added insurance in the seventh by scoring four runs. A ground-rule double from Patrick brought in Bivens, who singled to lead off the frame. Freshman Drew Lugbauer then traded places with Patrick, doubling in a run to left field. Junior Jacob Cronenworth singled through the right side to bring in a run and Benedetti ended the scoring with a single to left, scoring Cronenworth.
Redshirt junior Matt Ogden earned the win in relief. He pitched four innings and did not allow a hit, striking out three while walking one. Junior Evan Hill started the game for the Wolverines, striking out five and giving up six hits and four earned runs in 3.1 innings.