Seven-Run First Sets Tone in Loss
LMU surrendered seven runs in the top of the first inning en route to dropping a game to Michigan, 14-2.
Finishing a nine-game home stand to start the 2017 season on Wednesday night, LMU (4-5) ran into trouble early as Michigan (7-2) came out swinging to the tune of seven runs on five hits and two errors in the top of the first en route to sinking the Lions, 14-2.
Four Wolverine hitters finished with multiple hits, including Ako Thomas and Michael Brdar with three each. Thomas, hitting out of the leadoff spot, finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Brdar was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and one driven in.
Harrison Wenson made the most of his two hits, finishing the contest 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, a homer and four RBI. Miles Lewis also homered in the game, part of a 1-for-2 night that featured two runs scored and two RBI. The round-tripper was the first of the year for Lewis, while Wenson tallied his third.
Left-hander William Tribucher got the start and earned the victory on a staff day, contributing 3.0 innings and allowing just one run with three strikeouts. Tribucher improved to 1-1 with the decision. The Lions punched out 11 times in the setback while managing just five hits.
Sophomore starter Steven Skolarz, who took the loss and fell to 0-2, lasted just 1.1 innings, surrendering nine runs (seven earned) on six hits and three walks before handing the ball over to the bullpen. Freshman David Barta allowed three runs over 3.2 innings of relief while Braydon Salzman, Kyle Dozier, Niko Decolati and Giuseppe Benedetti each contributed one frame.
LMU bookended the loss with a run in the first and one in the ninth. Spencer Erdman drove in Phil Caulfield with a productive out in the first inning before a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch drawn by freshman Dylan Hirsch plated the run in the ninth.
LMU will look to get back on track on Friday when it hits the road for the first time this year and opens a three-game series with Arizona State at 6:30 p.m.
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