GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The University of Michigan-Dearborn baseball team rallied late in game one and cruised to the sweep with a convincing win in game two in a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference doubleheader against Aquinas College Saturday in Grand Rapids, Mich.
The Wolverines trailed 5-2 heading to the ninth inning of game one but scored nine times in the inning to take the opener 11-5. UM-Dearborn recorded five extra-base hits, including a Ryan Beadle home run a 14-2 victory in seven innings in game two.
The sweep pushes UM-Dearborn's win streak to four, moving the Wolverines to 15-14-1 overall and 8-2 in the WHAC.
The game one, ninth inning for the Wolverines got going with a run scored on an error by Aquinas, followed by an RBI single from Beadle to cut the Saint lead to one. Jacob Leija singled home a run to tie the game, followed by back-to-back RBI walks by Waymond Lemon Jr. and Andrew Capone to give UM-Dearborn the lead.
The Wolverines pulled away with an RBI single from Shaun Hannibal and a two-run single from Daniel Kerr. Hannibal and Patrick Downing each finished with three hits, while Kerr, Beadle, Leija and Antonio Carta each added two.
UM-Dearborn jumped out early in game two and scored the last 11 runs of the game to complete the sweep.
Hannibal got UM-Dearborn started with a three-run double in the second, while Capone added an RBI double in the fourth. Beadle helped the Wolverines pull away with a two-run home run in the fifth.
Beadle finished with three hits, three RBIs and three runs scored, while Daniel Kerr added two hits. Ramiro Rodriguez (1-0) got the win on the mound with six innings, allowing two runs on five hits, striking out seven.
UM-Dearborn continues WHAC play against Lourdes University at noon Sunday at Mercy Field in Toledo, Ohio.