Michigan baseball team falls 6-1 to 29th-ranked Coastal Carolina
The Michigan baseball team was looking for vengeance when it hosted Coastal Carolina on Tuesday night, after dropping two games in Conway, S.C. earlier this season.
A change of scenery didn't help.
The Wolverines hung around early against the 29th-ranked Chanticleers, but their bats fell silent in a 6-1 loss at Ray Fisher Stadium.
Michigan (19-29) now has dropped 12 of its past 16 games, and all three against Coastal Carolina (33-14) by a combined score of 19-6. It will try to turn things around Wednesday in the 6:05 p.m. series finale.
One thing the Wolverines will have going for them: They won't have to face nasty side-armer Ryan Connolly.
The junior reliever came on for starter Ben Smith in the third inning Tuesday, after Michigan loaded the bases with one out and trailing 2-0. He allowed a fielder's choice to right fielder Michael O'Neill, which scored Cole Martin from third, but then induced a fly out from designated hitter Coley Crank that ended the threat.
Connolly mowed through the Wolverines' lineup from there, allowing only four hits and no runs in the final 6 2/3 innings. It was a career-long outing for him, and his six strikeouts were a season high.
"I didn't think we played a terrible game of baseball, we just didn't get a timely hit," Michigan manager Rich Maloney said. "Their sidewinder did a heckuva job. He's had an excellent season, and he did it again against us.
"Sidewinders like that, they're tough to hit, with the look they give you. He definitely kept us off balance and did a great job."
Michigan starting pitcher Logan McAnallen (1-1) allowed three runs and seven hits in three innings. He took the loss, his first of the season.
Left fielder Kevin White went 2-for-3, the Wolverines' lone player with multiple hits. Center fielder Patrick Biondi had their only extra-base hit, a double.