Eastern Michigan baseball wins battle of Washtenaw County, 3-1, at Michigan
Melanie Maxwell I AnnArbor.com
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The Michigan baseball team took Wednesday night's theme at Ray Fisher Stadium one step too far and visiting Eastern Michigan rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth inning to claim a 3-1 non-conference win.
Eastern Michigan had just two hits heading into the decisive ninth inning, which Brett Ohrman led off with a single. A walk and another single by Zack Leonard against Michigan freshman reliever Alex Lakatos loaded the bases.
An RBI single by Rob Wendzicki tied the game and the Eagles (21-15) scored twice more on a fielder's choice off the bat of Tucker Rubino.
According to MGoBlue.com, Michigan shortstop Derek Dennis scooped up Rubino's grounder and forced Wendzicki out at second base, but first baseman Brett Winger couldn't come up with his low throw for an attempted double play and two Eagles scored. There was no error charged on the play.
Michigan (11-24) took a 1-0 lead in the sixth when a Coley Crank triple scored Michael O'Neill. O'Neill (2-for-5) was the only player in the game to record multiple hits.
Eastern's Kristian Calibuso earned the win, striking out four of the five batters he faced over the final 1 1/3 innings, giving the Eagles their second victory in three games against Michigan.
Five other EMU pitchers combined on the six-hitter, including starter Brian Valente who allowed two hits through the first three innings.
Michigan's Kyle Clark, Jake Engels and Logan McAnallen combined for 6 1/3 shutout innings, allowing two hits among them.