Freshman Will Drake continues hot start for vicorious Michigan baseball team and more Sunday results
Will Drake has made a big impact in his first few weeks with the Michigan baseball team.
The freshman outfielder from Fairfield, Ohio, continued a hot start to his college career with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning that gave the Wolverines a 6-5, walk-off win against Iona on Sunday in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
It was the second game-winning RBI of the early season for Drake, who is hitting .385 (10-for-26) out of the No. 2 spot in the lineup and has at least one hit in all seven of Michigan’s games. He leads the team in runs (11) and is tied for the team-best in RBIs (9).
The Wolverines are 5-2 after taking three of four games from the Gaels this weekend at the New York Mets’ spring training complex. It took 18 games before Michigan picked up its fifth victory last season.
Iona tied Sunday’s game at 5-5 with two runs in the top of the eighth inning and threatened to take the lead in the ninth, but Michigan centerfielder Patrick Biondi threw out Mike Chiaravolloti at the plate.
Senior Kevin Vangheluwe, making his first relief appearance of the season, retired the side to earn the win. (Boxscore)
Sophomore outfielder Michael O’Neill, who leads the Wolverines with a .464 batting average, went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and two stolen bases.
Oral Roberts 14, Eastern Michigan 1: The Eagles (1-4) allowed 10-or-more runs for the fourth time in five games as Oral Roberts completed a weekend sweep. (Details)
Michigan 3, Mississippi State 1: Freshmen pitchers Haylie Wagner and Sara Driesenga combined on a five-hitter and the Wolverines (11-3) got RBI singles from Bree Evans and Caitlin Blanchard. (Details)
Florida Gulf Coast 1, Eastern Michigan 0; Central Florida 4, Eastern Michigan 3: Jessica Richards had a hit in each of the Eagles’ losses at the Central Florida Invitational. (Details)
Air Force 15, Michigan 6: After taking a 3-0 lead, Michigan allowed nine straight Air Force goals to drop its fourth straight game. Willie Steenland and Alex Vasilef had two goals apiece for the Wolverines. (Details)
Loyola-Marymount 10, Michigan 7; Arizona State 14, Michigan 5: The No. 12-ranked Wolverines dropped a pair of games to top-10 teams to finish in eighth place at the 16-team UC Irvine Invitational. (Details)
Stanford 351.050, Michigan 341.700: The Wolverines fell to 6-4 overall after losing to the No. 4-ranked Cardinal in Palo Alto. (Details)