Sunday, June 03, 2007

Baseball Survives a Late Night in Nashville

The baseball team had a tough game last night that didn't even start until about 11:00 EDT, but they battled through the darkness to take a 4-3 victory over Vanderbilt. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning, when Vanderbilt's DH, Parker Hanks, lined a solo homer near the 400' mark in center field. Michigan came right back in the top of the sixth. Jason Christian got a leadoff single and Kevin Cislo was drilled in the back by a pitch. Eric Rose put down a terrific bunt that was supposed to be a sacrifice, but he beat out the throw to first to load the bases for Nate Recknagel. Vandy's outfield was playing at a shallow depth, and Recknagel exploited it, lining a bases-clearing double to right center. Rose was really on his horse and came sliding home right on the heels of Cislo to beat the throw.

But Vandy wasn't done. The Commodores advanced runners to third in the sixth and seventh, and Wilson got himself out of those innings, but Vandy's Matt Meingasner went yard with a two-run shot in the eighth to tie things up. The Wolverines went back to work in the top of the ninth. Adam Abraham singled in the leadoff spot, Doug Pickens had a sac bunt, and Derek VanBuskirk would've driven him in if not for the nice jump Vandy's right fielder got on his liner. Abraham took third on a wild pitch, and Christian drew an unintentional intentional walk on four straight pitches to bring up Cislo, who took a sharp grounder through the hole at short for the game-winning hit. Vandy threatened in the bottom of the ninth with a pair of two-out singles putting runners on the corners, but Abraham earned the save by striking out Ryan Flaherty.

Big win by the Wolverines, who'll play again today. They need to take one more (on two attempts) from the winner of today's Vanderbilt-Austin Peay matchup. As I type, the Commodores are up 6-3– scratch that, 6-4 on Austin Peay with two outs in the bottom of the third. The Wolverines' game is set to start at 7:00 CDT (8:00 EDT) tonight. Good luck, guys.

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