Michigan rode the arm of Zach Putnam, who went the distance, in a 4-1 win over Ohio State Friday in the series opener and the dedication game of a renovated Ray Fisher Stadium (Box Score).
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The Buckeyes scored their only run in the first inning on a bases-loaded ground out by Zach Hurley. That would be it for Ohio State.
Michigan got on the board in the bottom of the second and took the lead in the fourth before added two insurance runs in the seventh. The Buckeyes got a runner to third in the top of the seventh, but with two out, a ground out ended any threat.
J.B. Shuck had four the Buckeyes' seven hits, all singles. Michigan, too, had seven hits, all singles by seven different players. OSU starter Jake Hale went 6.1 innings and allowed all four runs (three earned) and all seven hits in getting his second loss of the season against five wins. Alex Wimmers pitched 0.2 hitless/scoreless innings and Eric Best pitched did the same over an innings.
Ohio State slipped to 23-19 overall and is now an even 10-10 in Big Ten play. Putnam improved to 6-0 with the win as Michigan improved to 32-10 and 18-3. With rain in the Ann Arbor forecast tomorrow night, the doubleheader has been moved up to a 1:05 p.m. first pitch.
I'm curious to hear what you think of the new place Michigan baseball calls home. I've already heard from a couple of people who made the trip. The entrance is nice. The press box is nice. The grandstand is "okay." But one person made it clear, "this is not Bill Davis Stadium." If you made the trip this weekend, first, behave yourself, and second, please send me photos.