Cats drop NCAA opener

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Zach Putnam struck out four batters in
five innings to win his eighth straight start and Michigan began
its NCAA tournament play with a 7-5 victory over Kentucky on
Putnam gave up an RBI single to Tyler Howe in the second, but
Michigan answered with five runs in the bottom of the inning,
including Jason Christian's two-run double, to take the lead for
Rain halted the game Friday evening with Michigan ahead 5-1 in
the fifth, but Kentucky caught up with a four-run eighth. The
Wildcats (42-18) brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the
inning but reliever Michael Powers induced an inning-ending
He allowed two baserunners in the ninth but retired the last two
batters to earn his eighth save of the season. Christian and Leif
Mahler each finished with two RBIs for Michigan (46-12), which is
hosting a regional for the first time in 22 years.
Kentucky's Chris Rusin (6-3) faced just nine batters before
being pulled in the second. The 1 1-3 innings was the shortest
start of his career. Sawyer Carroll led off the eighth with a solo
homer off Eric Katzman before Howe and pinch hitter Bryan Rose had
bases-loaded RBIs.

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