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Michigan’s win streak snapped by Rutgers on Saturday

Michigan had the winning run at the plate in the ninth.

Michael Barera

Michigan Baseball's six-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday afternoon in a 4-2 loss to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (13-13) in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines (19-8) saw the bats go cold on a chilly Saturday afternoon at home, finishing the day with a pair of runs on only five hits.

The action in this game was mostly seen in the middle innings. Michigan scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth without achieving a hit. The two runs came on an error followed by a sacrifice fly in foul territory to give the Wolverines a 2-0 lead. Michigan would strand a runner on third base to end the inning.

Rutgers would respond in the top of the sixth with all four of its runs. A three-run double from Richie Schiekofer followed by an RBI single from Jordan Sweeney gave the Scarlet Knights a lead they would never relinquish.

Michigan had a chance to make a rally in the ninth inning when Jimmy Obertop got on base with a one-out single. Tito Flores was walked, which put two men on with one out. Ted Burton was able to get ahead in the count at 3-1, but flew out and Rutgers slammed the door from there.

Cameron Weston started the game and took the loss for Michigan, going five innings and allowing three runs on five hits. He also walked four batters and struck out five. Joe Pace followed him and gave up a run on two hits in an inning of work. Jack White threw three innings of one-hit baseball to keep his team in the game.

There was not much to speak of on Saturday, but Michigan has a shot to close out the series with a victory in Sunday’s rubber match. First pitch is scheduled for noon and can be seen in Big Ten Network+.