Pioneer grad Bobby Brosnahan gives Michigan baseball its first win and more Saturday results
Updated 1:08 a.m.
Hours after the Michigan baseball team’s bullpen allowed Pittsburgh to rally for a 9-8 win in its season opener late Friday night, the Wolverines got a solid pitching performance in a 2-1 win over Seton Hall Saturday afternoon in Dunedin, Fla.
Pioneer High School graduate Bobby Brosnahan allowed one run on four hits over seven innings and Logan McAnallen picked up a save with two innings of hitless relief at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge.
“It was a heart-breaker (Friday) night, and you can’t help but think about last year,” said Brosnahan, who was part of a Michigan team that started the 2011 season with eight straight losses. “To come out here and get a win is something we didn’t do last year. We did it this year, which shows it’s a big turnaround.”
Brosnahan gave up single hits in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings and stranded seven Seton Hall (1-1) runners.
“We were really able to mix speeds today and the Seton Hall batters didn’t make any adjustments during the game,” Brosnahan said in a post-game interview with MGoBlue.com. “We kept being able to fool them, mixing our spots, and coming in late with fastballs. It worked well.”
Still, Brosnahan was on the line for the loss when Seton Hall took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and Pirates starter Rick Mangione protected it until the bottom of the sixth.
That’s when the Wolverines’ Patrick Biondi stole second base after a lead-off single and scored on a double by freshman outfielder Will Drake. One out later, Drake scored on a sacrifice fly by Coley Crank.
Biondi went 2-for-4, the only player in the game with multiple hits. (Boxscore)
The Wolverines complete the Big Ten/Big East Challenge with a 12:30 p.m. game against West Virginia in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Kentucky 10, Eastern Michigan 2: The Eagles (0-2), who scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, have been outscored 22-3 in their opening weekend. (Details)
Michigan 3, Kentucky 0; Michigan 2, Florida Atlantic 0: Freshman Haylie Wagner threw a six-hit shutout against No. 22-ranked Kentucky and freshman Sara Driesenga blanked host Florida Atlantic on five hits in Boca Raton, Fla. Against Kentucky, a two-run double by Stephanie Kirkpatrick highlighted a three-run second inning. The Wolverines (7-1) had just two hits against Florida Atlantic, but capitalized on two FAU errors and an RBI double by Amanda Chidester in the third inning. (Details)
Penn State 16, Michigan 9: The No. 17-ranked Nittany Lions scored 10 of 11 goals during one stretch to take a 13-3 lead. Doug Bryant, Will Meter and Alex Vasileff scored two goals apiece for Michigan (0-2). (Details)
Big Ten Championships: Minnesota won the team title with Michigan finishing eighth out of 12 teams in Iowa City. Pioneer High School graduate Ashley Cohagen, one of three Wolverines to swin in an ‘A’ heat final, was sixth in the 200-yard backstroke. (Details)
Notre Dame 4, Michigan 3: Sam Keeton’s 3-6, 6-5, 7-6 (3) win over Michigan freshman Alex Petrone at the No. 3 singles wrapped up the win for No. 30-ranked Notre Dame. (Details)
Michigan 345.700, Ohio State 334.200, SUNY-Brockport 275.500: The Crisler Center wasn’t the only place Michigan topped Ohio State on Saturday. The No. 7 Wolverines scored a season-high points to sweep the tri-meet at Cliff Keen Arena. Michigan’s Sam Mikulak won the all-around title. (Details)
Silverston Invitational: Michigan tuned up for the Big Ten Championships with a non-scoring meet at the U-M Indoor Track Building, getting wins from Ethan Dennis (weight throw), Jack Greenlee (pole vault) and Erick Gavin (60-meter hurdles). Eastern Michigan won the 4x400-meter relay and the Eagles’ Aaron Davis won the triple jump. (Details: U-M | EMU)
Silverston Invitational: Michigan got wins from Huron graduate Chinyere Onimo (600 run), Choe Prince (800 run), Kiley Tobel (pole vault) and the 4x400-meter relay. Eastern Michigan placed in the top five in nine events. (Details: U-M | EMU)