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Jesse Franklin leads Michigan past Iowa at Big Ten tourney

Posted: 4:28 PM, May 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-23 20:28:56Z

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Jesse Franklin hit a game-winning sacrifice fly to lift third-seeded Michigan past Iowa 2-1 in 10 innings to open the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday.

Franklin also homered for the Wolverines (33-19), who held the Hawkeyes to just one hit -- and none after the second inning.

Michigan lost starting pitcher Tommy Henry in the second inning after he was hit in the throwing arm by a ball. But reliever Alec Rennard threw 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, and Franklin tied it up at 1-all in the fourth.

Big Blue then loaded the bases in the 10th, and Franklin's sacrifice to deep right field scored Christian Bullock easily.

Zach Daniels (6-2) took the loss for the sixth-seeded Hawkeyes (33-19), while William Tribucher (4-3) picked up the win for Michigan.