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Youth on display in baseball's weekend in Texas

Wolverines take
early leads but
falter to 1-2-1 mark
in opening games
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan baseball coach Erik
Bakich saidearlierthis weekthat
his team's abundance of youth
would have ups and downs this
season. And this was certainly
on display this weekend at the
Texas State Tournament in San
Marcos, Texas.
Michigan jumped out to
early leads in each of its four
games this weekend but only
held onto one, finishing 1-2-1.
The competition included Texas
State, Air Force and two games
against Washington.
Relief pitching, when healthy,
is one of the strongest areas for
Michigan, but with sophomore
Jacob Cronenworth recovering
from labrum surgery, it became
one of the weakest. Bakich
expects the sophomore to be
back in the next two weeks.
Without their premier closer,
the Wolverines (1-2-1) threw
freshman left-hander Brett
Adcock to finish off Texas State
(1-1) in the opening game.
The Wolverines went up 7-3
early andtheir batswere hot. But
Michigan's bats started to cool
while the Bobcats' bats started
to find rhythm. After giving up
a walk and two hits to load the
bases, Michigan replaced fifth-
year senior right-hander Logan
McAnallen for Adcock midway
through the eighth inning.
With the bases juiced and
needing only one out, Adcock
gave up a two-RBI single
before giving up another RBI
single, tying the game. Adcock
remained in the game and
got through the ninth inning,
but couldn't finish in the loth

hits balls as hard you can hit
balls all weekend long. He's one
of the guys coaches talk about -
players that force them to keep
writing their name in the lineup.
He did that this weekend, that's
for sure."
Lamb aside, the Wolverines
got steady production from
infielder Ramsey Romano. The
freshman reached base in all
four games, while also stealing
a base and driving in two runs.
Cronenworth continued
where he left off last season,
batting .312 on the weekend
with four RBI, two doubles and
a triple.
The Wolverines certainly
had its ups-and-downs this
weekend, and is only beginning
to find their identity.
"There were definitely some
bright spots, but the biggest
bright spot was getting the
whole team out there competing
against another jersey," Bakich
said. "Even though the outcome
wasn't what we wanted, we
know we're going to get better,
there's no question about that.
The first time being outside
since October was the biggest

Fifth-year senior Ben Ballantlne threw seven shutout inists on Saturday afternoon as Michitan picked op its first win of the season atainst Air Force.

inning. The freshman walked
the first hitter before giving up
the game-winning single to cap
an 8-7 loss.
"(Adcock) is throwing
strikes but just giving up some
hits right now," Bakich said.
"Unfortunately the balls he gave
up happened to find holes. He's
not going to get hit like that
moving forward."
Adcock's struggles didn't end
there. The freshman couldn't
find any rhythm Sunday against
Washington (2-1-1), giving up
four hits and one earned run
in his only inning pitched. The
Wolverines couldn't rebound
from the pitching woes, tying
the Huskies 7-7 in eight innings.
The game had to end early due
to travel conflicts.
"He's actually going to be
a really good pitcher for the

program for this year and the Jake Balicki replaced Lehmann.
years to come," Bakich said. The right-hander struck out the
But the bullpen's woes side in the ninth inning before
weren't limited to Adcock. Schmidt hit his second two-run
Up 6-3 after six against blast in the 10th inning to defeat
Washington, it looked liked the Michigan, 8-6.
Wolverines Lost in the
were in the late game
driver's seat. "StW e know we're collapses,
But history though, was
repeated going to cet the youth's
itself when get6O offensive
freshman better - there's prowess.
right- Though he
hander Keith no question." sat the first
Lehmann game of the
replaced weekend,
junior left- freshman
hander Trent Szkutnik. The outfielder Jackson Lamb had
freshman gave up two runs in himself quite the weekend. The
the eighth, including a two- reigning Michigan Gatorade
run home run by infielder Alex Player of the Year was brought
Schmidt. in to pinch-hit, and hit a
Soon after, redshirt freshman two-run double in his first

collegiate at-bat. Lamb kept
the momentum going when
he doubled to left field in the
seventh inning and singled in
the 10th.
The freshman remained hot
the rest of the weekend, hitting
a two-run double against Air
Force, giving fifth-year senior
Ben Ballantine all the run
support he needed. The right-
hander showed no signs of
injury, throwing seven shutout
innings, while only giving up
one hit.
Lamb continued his hitting
brilliance Sunday, hitting a two-
run homer in the first inning.
"It's like the old Bull Durham
quote, 'announce your presence
with authority,'- that was
Jackson Lamb " Bakich said.
"What a great statement. He
makes as loud as contact and

The year when the Wolverines last
finished a game in atie.

Bullpen ERA, as Michigan squandered
late leads.

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rim, put Michigan in position
to get a comeback win, but the
Wolverines' other failings were
too significant to be hidden.
LeVert's offense couldn't
compensate for a lack of rhythm
elsewhere on the court. Sopho-
more forward Glenn Robinson
III scored 10 points, and sopho-
more guard Nik Stauskas picked
up 11, but no one else had more
than six.
"When I was on the bench
at one point in the first half, it
just seemed like we were going
side to side," Stauskas said. "We
weren't going north to south to
the basket."
What originally could be
written off as hot Wisconsin
shooting in the first half became
more of a systemic problem in
Michigan's play.
The Wolverines (10-3 Big Ten,
18-7 overall) failed to rebound,
giving the Badgers second-
chance opportunities - and
easy ones at that. Wisconsin
(8-5, 21-5) had 16 from in close
by halftime, and it didn't have to
fight too hard to get them.
That hindered Michigan's
ability to get run-outs after
missed baskets, and the lack of
transition opportunities led to
the feeble first-half output.
If it felt like you could recall
each of the Wolverines' first-half
baskets one-by-one, it's because
you probably could. They made
just seven baskets in the frame,
and the lackluster half was the

worst that Michigan has played
all season.
Their 19 points in a half
weren't just a season low; they
were a season low for any
of Michigan's opponents -
exhibition games too - which
included Concordia, UMass-
Lowell and Houston Baptist.
"It was one of those games
where you bury yourself and
you're going to have to play
a super second half," Beilein
said. "While we played better, it
wasn't good enough."
With six minutes remaining,
Michigan finished reeling off a
16-7 run to cut the Wisconsin
lead to 52-49. Momentum was
favoring the home team, but
a series of Badgers 3-pointers
put the finishing touches on
Michigan's third loss in as many
There was a corner three by
known Michigan tormentor Josh
Gasser, and then another three
on a step-back by Kaminsky
at the top of the key with two
minutes left to put the game out
of reach.
It was a game where the Bad-
gers turned the ball over just
twice. Michigan finished with
no steals and no blocks. It was
a sign that it wasn't all there
for the Wolverines. There was
something essential missing.
"People go through that their
whole lives," Horford said. "It
doesn't matter in sports or work-
ing in a job. There's days where
you just don't have it, and you
don't want it. Just don't want to
do anything, it's just like,'I'm not
feeling it."'

Louisiana split highlights weekend

Michigan takes one
of two in rematch
of Super Regional
Daily Sports Writer

and only when Romero got good
pitches to hit - a single in the
sixth and an RBI double in the
seventh - did the Wolverines
start to claw back.
Michigan's last-ditch effort
netted four runs in the bottom
of the seventh, but senior first

Lafayette pitched to Romero
- and it cost the Ragin' Cajuns
"I just needed to breathe,"
Romero said. "I got really
excited because I haven't been
seeing many pitches the past
couple of weekends. I've just

Freshman right-handed
pitcher Megan Betsa added a
complete-game shutout against
Central Arkansas, making her
record 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA.
Sophomore outfielder Sierra
Lawrence paced the Michigan
offense with two first-inning

Six teams went to Lafayette, baseman Caitlin Blanchard, been trying to make the most of grand slams, in the first game
La. this weekend for the Ragin' representing the tying run, flew the opportunities that are given against Memphis and the third
Cajun Invitational. But make no out to left field to end the threat. to me. If I get a good pitch, I can game against Central Arkansas.
mistake: the two that mattered "One person hits, and we get make the most of it. But at the The Wolverines came
most were those that battled in that momentum going," Romero same time, if it's not a pitch that out sluggish Sunday against
a hard-fought Super Regional said. "One thing about us is we I want, I need to be patient and Boston College, falling behind
last spring. never back down. We'll keep wait for a pitch that I want." 4-0 after five innings. On the
Michigan and Louisiana- pushing, keep pushing - that's In the second inning, she brink of losing in a huge upset,
Lafayette were back at it, one of the best qualities of our belted her third home run of the Michigan's quick-strike offense
splitting two games. The team. You can never count us season to make it 6-0. came alive in the last two
Ragin' Cajuns held on to an out because we can come back." Junior left-handed pitcher innings. Romero hit a go-ahead
8-6 victory Friday night, and That momentum carried over Haylie Wagner pitched all five three-run double in the seventh,
the Wolverines came back to Saturday, when Michigan got innings in the circle Saturday, and Driesenga stranded the
with a 15-1 mercy-rule blowout its rematch. keeping the deficit safe. She is tying run at third.
Saturday afternoon. This time, the Ragin' Cajuns now 4-0 with a1.02 ERA. "The key for all of that
Michigan also hammered sent No. 2 pitcher Alex Stewart "Going into it, when you have was having runners on base,"
Memphis, 5-0, Central to the circle, and the Wolverines that lead, you can't slack off," Hutchins said. "You can't score
Arkansas, 7-0, and came back to jumped on her. Helped by five Wagner said. "That's what I unless you have people on base.
beat Boston College, 6-5. fielding errors, they scored two did every single inning. I didn't We finally had some key hits,
Junior right-handed pitcher in the first inning, five in the want to slack off because they're and we had a lot of people that
Sara Driesenga said last second and seven in the third. a great-hitting team and they inning who made some things
week that there was no bad This time, Louisiana- could come up at any moment." happen."
blood between Michigan and
Louisiana-Lafayette, but the
Ragin' Cajuns came out firing
as if there was. They homered
twice in the third inning to
take a 3-0 lead, then chased
Driesenga in the fifth.
Driesenga finished the
game with 4.2 innings pitched,
seven hits, six earned runs and
four walks, raising her season
earned-run average to 4.79.
"She needs to relax," said
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins.
"Sara is a great pitcher, and
right now she's not feeling her
confidence. Give me a player
with confidence and give me a
player with no confidence and
you'll see two totally different
things. She just needs to find her
confidence, believe in herself
and believe in her teammates."
The Ragin' Cajuns' energy at
the plate translated to the field,
where they held Michigan
scoreless for four innings.
The Wolverines had their
opportunities . but couldn't
ultimately cash in, leaving 12
on base.
Louisiana-Lafayette walked
sophomore shortstop Sierra PATRicK BARRON/Daily
Romero her first three times up, Sophomore outfielder Sierra Lawrence hit two first-inning grand slams over the weekend as Michigan posted a 4-1 record.

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it came within a second of
forcing a 10-second violation.
instead, the scramble on the floor
was called a jumpball with the
possession in Wisconsin's favor.
As the shot clock approached
zero for the Badgers, Kaminsky
didn't try to drive to the basket
once again. Instead, he stepped
back and crushed any hopes the
Wolverines had of a comeback
in the final two minutes with a
3-pointer, his only basket from
long range for the game.
As much as the shot
represented a dagger for the

Badgers, it represented an
end to the talk for Ryan about
a similar shot Stauskas had
against Wisconsin on Jan. 18.
"I mean what else was
he going to do when he did
the step-back," Ryan said.
"He probably got tired of me
showing Stauskas' step-back
that he hit against us. I guess
our guys were tired of seeing
it because Frank did one of his
own. Did you notice that?"
Stauskas definitely noticed it,
calling ita "fair comparison."
"Yeah, that was a dagger
definitely," he said. "After he
hit that, it definitely took the
energy out of us and that was
big shot for them."

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