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Michigan responds from a cold start with an offensive outburst, beating Ohio State 7-5

Vaseline 2 months ago

For the Michigan baseball team’s final against Ohio State, it was advertised as “Bark in the Park.” Although there weren’t too many dogs at Ray Fisher Stadium, the Wolverines barked back at the Buckeyes after disaster on Saturday.

Although it took some time for Michigan’s (20-21 overall, 10-5 Big Ten) howl to grow loud, it broke out in the sixth inning to win 7-5 in relief over Ohio State (19-17, 6- 6). pitchers were struggling.

The Buckeyes got off to a fast start in the first inning. Three of the first four batters reached base, two of which were walked by sophomore right-hander Mitch Voit. With the bases loaded, Ohio State right fielder Mitchell Okuley drove home a run on a fielder’s choice. Although the Buckeyes didn’t score again in the inning, something wasn’t clicking for Voit.

The Wolverines tied the score in the second inning on a bunt-single by graduate second baseman Mack Timbrook. However, it was clear that Ohio State’s righthander Gavin DeVooght was trading on the mound, striking out six batters in his start.

But because DeVooght controlled the zone well, Voit fell short. With five walks in the first five innings, Voit had little control of the zone. However, the defense behind him was locked in, saving him in big moments. In the third inning, Voit threw a wild pitch that narrowly fell behind junior catcher Will Rogers. As the runner on third base ran home, Rogers recovered and threw to Voit to get the third out at home.

The next batter Voit faced drilled a ball deep into center field and appeared to overshoot freshman center fielder AJ Garcia. But for the second time in consecutive at-bats, Voit was eliminated when Garcia jumped for a diving catch, saving an extra base hit.

In the sixth inning, Voit’s high pitch count began to take its toll. After a single and a double, he was removed from the mound and replaced by fifth-year left-hander Jacob Denner. The runners Voit surrendered proved to have major consequences, as Denner allowed a single that scored both. With that, the Buckeyes took a 3-1 lead.

Although Voit and Denner had struggled to this point, they kept Michigan in the ball game long enough to take a lead. After DeVooght was withdrawn, the Wolverines broke out of their shell. With a full count and two outs, junior third baseman Cole Caruso launched a rocket to left center field for a three-RBI home run. Rogers hit a home run in the next at bat, giving Michigan a 5-3 lead.

The seventh inning was much the same for the Wolverines, who again responded to an Ohio State run. As three consecutive doubles scored two runs, Michigan pushed the lead to 7-4.

With just one extra point for the Buckeyes through the remainder of the game, the Wolverines defeated their archrivals to earn another weekend series victory.

And in comeback fashion, Michigan not only barked back from their Saturday battle, but also from Ohio State’s strong start on the mound.