Michigan uses strong outing from Ryan Nutof to split two with No. 20 Maryland
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan baseball team used an eight-run fifth inning and 7.1 solid innings from freshman Ryan Nutof to defeat Maryland 10-1 in the nightcap of a Big Ten doubleheader Saturday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. Michigan fell to the Terrapins 3-1 in game one of the double dip.
Michigan took a 2-0 led in the third inning of game two after a triple from freshman Drew Lugbauer and a two-run home run to right by junior Jacob Cronenworth. The Wolverines started the fifth with singles from seniors Kyle Jusick and Kevin White and a Lugbauer walk. Senior Eric Jacobson made it 3-0 with an RBI single to right, and Cronenworth had the big hit, a triple in the gap in left, to score all three runners on base. Freshman Jake Bivens singled home Cronenworth to give Michigan a 7-0 lead. Sophomore Carmen Benedetti, junior Cody Bruder and Lugbauer each drove in a run as the Wolverines plated eight runs in the frame.
Nutof struck out six in his start to move to 2-2 on the season. He allowed five hits and no runs with a walk. Junior/sophomore Cam Wysocki pitched the final 1.1 innings, allowing a hit and a run with a strikeout. Benedetti, Lugbauer, Jacobson and Cronenworth each had two hits in the win, while Cronenworth drove in five runs.
Cronenworth was the game one starting pitcher and collected a career-high nine strikeouts in five innings of work in his first start as a collegian. He gave up three hits and two runs with a walk. Maryland's Mike Shawaryn also had a solid start, striking out seven and giving up five hits and a run in 7.1 innings.
Maryland got on the board in the second on an RBI single from Kevin Biondic. Lowe then led off the second with a solo home run to right. A sacrifice fly from Lowe in the seventh made it 3-0 Terps.
Michigan put up a run in the eighth after Jacobson doubled, Bivens was hit by a pitch, and senior Jackson Glines singled to load the bases. Jusick was hit by a pitch to bring in a run, but a flyout ended the inning. Jacobson had two of Michigan's five hits in the opener.