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Michigan drops series finale to Rutgers

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The Wolverines’ bats were cold for the second day in a row.

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The Michigan Wolverines left the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning again on Sunday. For the second day in a row, they were unable to secure a comeback victory.

Michigan fell to 19-9 on the season in a 3-2 loss to Rutgers (14-13) on Sunday afternoon in Ann Arbor. It was a game full of frustration and missed opportunities for the Wolverines.

Michigan’s first hit did not come until the seventh inning, which spoke to the day that Rutgers starter Brent Teller had on the mound. He finished the afternoon with eight strikeouts and two hits allowed in 7.1 innings of work. Michigan’s Jacob Denner took his first loss of the season, going five innings and allowing three runs on six hits with seven strikeouts.

Rutgers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning on a two-run home run to left field from Ryan Lasko. Kevin Welsh’s sacrifice fly in the fourth gave the Scarlet Knights a 3-0 lead. Michigan’s two runs on the day came courtesy of Ted Burton on a home run to left-center field.

Rutgers is the first team this season to beat Michigan in a weekend series after victories the last two days. Next up for Michigan is a trip to Evanston next weekend for a three-game set with Northwestern. The first pitch on Friday is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.