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Michigan drops first game of weekend baseball series with Ohio State

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A costly error hurt Michigan on Friday.

Michael Barera

The Michigan Wolverines fell to 13-7 on the season on Friday afternoon after a 7-4 loss at the hands of the Ohio State Buckeyes (13-7) in the first of a three-game series in Ann Arbor. A costly error that led to three OSU runs in the seventh inning doomed Michigan in its pursuit of a series-opening victory.

Michigan’s scoring output on Friday came entirely from left fielder Tito Flores, who had three hits — including a two-run home run in the sixth inning — and all four RBIs on the day. Christian Molfetta, Benjamin Sems and Ted Burton also had multiple-hit days for Michigan.

Steve Hajjar got the starting pitching nod for Michigan finished the day with five innings of work, surrendering eight hits and two earned runs with four strikeouts and two walks.

The Wolverines got on the board first with RBI singles from Flores in both the second and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead. OSU responded with two runs of its own in the top of the fifth inning. Flores’ home run came in the sixth to give the Wolverines a 4-2 lead.

The Buckeyes took advantage of an error in the top of the seventh, which was followed by a pair of walks and two two-out singles from OSU. The Buckeyes would add a pair of insurance runs in the ninth inning to help seal a 7-4 victory.

Win: Gahm, Joe (1-0): 0.1 IP

Loss: Pace, Joe (2-1): IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), 2 BB, K

Save: Brock, TJ (7), IP, H, BB

Saturday’s game between the two teams was moved up to 12 p.m. ET from 2 p.m. due to forecasted inclement weather and can be seen via Big Ten Network+. The series finale takes place on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET and will be broadcast via ESPN2.