DETROIT – After surrendering nine runs in the first inning, the University of Michigan-Dearborn baseball team put together a furious rally against NCAA Division II foe Wayne State University Wednesday at Harwell Field in Detroit.
The Warriors led 9-1 after the first, but UM-Dearborn scored eight unanswered runs to tie the score at nine in the top of the sixth. The teams traded runs until the game was tied 11-11 in the eighth. WSU scored two in the bottom of the eighth and held off the Wolverines to escape with a 13-11 victory.
The loss drops UM-Dearborn to 7-10-1 as the team prepares to open Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference play this weekend.
UM-Dearborn started its rally with a two-run single from Shaun Hannibal in the second, followed by a two-run single from Waymond Lemon Jr. in the third. The Wolverines used the long ball to inch closer with Jon Quintal hitting the first of his career fifth, while Hannibal added a two-run shot in the sixth.
An RBI single from Patrick Downing evened the score later in the sixth before WSU regained the lead with a home run in the bottom of the inning. The Wolverines tied the score again with RBIs from Tanner Hodges and Lemon Jr. before the Warriors secured the win in the bottom of the eighth.
Hannibal led the Wolverines with four hits and four RBIs, while Lemon Jr. added two hits and three RBIs. UM-Dearborn used eight pitchers, led by 2.1 scoreless innings from freshman Garrett Davis, who allowed one hit and struck out three. Jacob Leija (0-2) took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits in the eighth.
UM-Dearborn opens up WHAC play against Siena Heights University at 1 pm Saturday in Adrian, Mich.