Michigan avoided a sweep and ended the Huskers' seven-game road winning streak with a 7-5 victory Sunday afternoon at Ann Arbor.
NU (28-17, 10-5 Big Ten) scored in the first, converting a one-out walk by Jake Placzek into a run. Following the free pass, Michael Pritchard roped his 15th double of the season to move Placzek to third and he scored on a ground out by Pat Kelly.
A Husker error proved costly in the home half of the first as the Wolverines (19-24-1, 9-9 Big Ten) scored three unearned runs to take a 3-1 lead. Travis Maezes led off with a single and later scored on a sacrifice fly that would have been the third out of the inning if pitcher Aaron Bummer (4-3) hadn’t committed the error on a sacrifice bunt by Jacob Cronenworth earlier in the inning. After the sac fly, Carmen Benedetti came through with a RBI single and Jackson Lamb followed with a RBI triple.
The Wolverines gifted the Huskers a run in the top of the third as starter Logan McAnallen (3-3) walked two and Maezes committed a pair of errors at shortstop. Nebraska had the bases loaded with one out, but were only able to plate one run, cutting UM’s lead to 3-2.
Bummer allowed two more runs in the bottom of the third, each scoring on a wild pitch. Bummer struck out Jackson Glines looking to start the inning, but then loaded the bases by hitting two batters and surrendering a single. The Wolverines were unable to come through with a hit, but got the runs on Bummer's wildness to push their lead to 5-2.
A lead-off, four-pitch walk to Kelly to start the sixth resulted in a run on a RBI single by Austin Darby to make it 5-3. Michigan went up 7-3 in the bottom of the sixth when Cronenworth executed a suicide squeeze with one out and Glines came through with a two-strike, two-out RBI single off reliever Austin Christensen.
Kelly hit a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 7-5.