Kendall Patrick powers Michigan past Bradley, 10-5
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kendall Patrick hit two two-run homers and had a career-high five RBIs to lead Michigan to a 10-5 victory over Bradley in their NCAA regional opener Friday.
Patrick finished 3 for 4, and Johnny Slater also had three hits for the third-seeded Wolverines (38-23), coming off a victory in the Big Ten Tournament.
Patrick, a senior catcher who batted ninth in the lineup, hit his first homer in Michigan’s four-run second inning. He blasted his second in the ninth.
Right-hander Matt Ogden (5-1) allowed one earned run on five hits while walking two and striking out seven in 6 2-3 innings.
The Wolverines chased Braves ace Elliot Ashbeck (11-5) after only three innings. The right-hander allowed six earned runs on eight hits. Isaac Smith went 3 for 5 for second-seeded Bradley (35-20).
On Saturday, the Wolverines will play the Louisville-Morehead State winner. The Braves will face the loser.