April 15, 2006
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan used a pair of three-run home runs from Mike Schmidt and Adam Abraham to get out to an early 6-0 lead on its way to a 7-1 victory over No. 24 Ohio State in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Ray Fisher Stadium.
Schmidt hit his second home run in as many games, hitting one up in the wind that blew it over the left field fence to score three runs, giving the Wolverines a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. He had a two-run home run Friday.
The good news for the Buckeyes in the third was that starter Cory Luebke (So., Maria Stein, Ohio/Marion Local) struck out the side. The bad news was Abraham, the Michigan designated hitter, delivered a two-out, three-run home run over the fence in left-center field. His second home run of the season gave the Wolverines a 6-0 lead.
Ohio State had only four base runners the first four innings of the game and only one had reached second base. Adam Schneider (Jr., Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura) was walked with one-out and went to second when Wes Schirtzinger (Jr., Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) was hit by a pitch. Michigan starter Paul Hammond struck out Jason Zoeller (Jr., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy) and got Josh Hula (Fr., Castalia, Ohio/Margaretta) to ground out and strand the two runners.
J.B. Shuck (Fr., Galion, Ohio/Galion) got the first Buckeye hit of the game to lead off the third, but he was erased when Matt Angle (So., Whitehall, Ohio/Whitehall-Yearling) grounded into a double play. Eric Fryer (So., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) reached on a throwing error on the Wolverines’ shortstop, but Ronnie Bourquin (Jr., Canton, Ohio/Canton South) flew out to end the inning. After going in order in the fourth, Zoeller led off the top of the fifth with a double down the left field line. He had to stay at second when Hammond dropped a pop up by Hula, but he went to third when Shuck grounded into a double play. Angle struck out to strand Zoeller at third.
The Buckeyes avoided the shut out by scoring a run in the sixth. Fryer drew a walk to lead off the inning and then with two outs went to third on single to left-center field by Schneider and scored on a base hit to about the same spot by Schirtzinger to make the score 6-1.
Michigan got the run back in the bottom of the inning getting an RBI single to left by Jeff Kunkel to score Derek VanBuskirk to make the score 7-1. VanBuskirk led off the inning with a triple to the gap in right-center field.
Luebke took the loss to fall to 4-3 on the year. He went the distance, allowing seven runs on nine hits in 6.0 innings. He walked one and struck out four. Hammond took the win, allowing the lone run on five hits with a pair of walks and five strikeouts.
Eric Rose joined Schmidt and Abraham with two hits as the Wolverines out-hit Ohio State 9-5. The Buckeyes had hits from Angle, Schneider, Schirtzinger, Zoeller and Shuck.
Ohio State (20-8 overall, 6-4 Big Ten) and Michigan (18-12, 6-4) will play the third game of the series immediately following this contest and will conclude the series Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on AM 920 WMNI and on ohiostatebuckeyes.com.