April 11, 2004
IOWA CITY – Michigan scored a run in the top of the ninth on a double by A.J. Scheidt to give the Wolverines a 2-1 a victory in a hard fought game at Duane Banks Field on Sunday afternoon.
With two outs in the ninth, Michigan first baseman Kyle Bohm singled to put the go-ahead run on base. Scheidt, the clean-up hitter, hit a fly ball to centerfield that was held up by the wind. Iowa centerfielder Matt Wooldrik tried making a diving catch, but couldn’t come up with the ball and Bohm trucked around from first base to cross the plate.
Both teams had scoring opportunities in the late innings. In the seventh, the Hawkeyes let a golden opportunity slip away. With one out, second baseman Andy Lytle singled and advanced to third after Scheidt had a Jeff Gremley grounder roll underneath his glove and into left field. Michigan reliever Phil Tognetti then got Wooldrik to foul out to catcher Jeff Kunkel and forced Iowa catcher Kris Welker to fly out to centerfield to end the inning.
The Wolverines stranded two runners in the eighth, including the go ahead run at third base. Reliever Aaron Reasland struck out Jeremy Goldschmeding for the second out of the inning and got Michigan centerfielder Eric Rose to groundout to Luis Andrulonis to keep the game knotted at one.
Both teams got excellent pitching from their starters. Iowa’s Andrew Hansen struck out six batters and allowed seven hits in seven innings of work. Michigan’s Bobby Garza scattered four hits over 6 1/3, while striking out four.
The Hawkeyes and Wolverines each scored a run in the third inning. Second baseman Chris Getz drew a bases loaded walk to force Goldschmeding in from third base. Hansen got Matt Butler to fly out to centerfield to get out of the bases loaded jam.
The Hawkeyes used a two-out rally to even the score at one in the bottom half of the inning. First baseman Mike Best singled to right field and designated hitter Cole Grandfield followed with walk. After a good at-bat, Lytle singled through the right side to knock in Best from second base. Gremley flew out deep to left field to end the inning, leaving Grandfield stranded at third base.
Best and Lytle both went 2-for-4 in the contest. Centerfield L.J. Mims left the contest after taking a foul ball off the face during his at-bat in the bottom of the first.
Iowa will return to action on Wednesday in the first of a three-game series with Northern Iowa this season. The contest will begin at 6 p.m. at Duane Banks Field.