02/26/08 3:51 PM ET
Mets salvage tie against Michigan
Wright, Abreu homer in exhibition against college squad
By Marty Noble / MLB.com
at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Tuesday, Feb. 26 Mets at the plate: David Wright hit the first pitch he saw from left-hander Adan Katzman in the first inning over the left-field wall for a two-run home run. Michel Abreu hit a two-run home run above the line on the hitter's backdrop in center field with two outs in the ninth inning to tie the score at 4. Wright wanted to know -- kiddingly -- whether he led the Grapefruit League in home runs. If he did, his lead was short-lived.
Michigan at the plate: Derek VanBuskirk, the Wolverines left fielder, hit a two-run home run against Ryan Cullen in the eighth inning to give Michigan a 4-2 lead. VanBuskirk, Adam Abraham, Leif Mahler, Jason Christian and Michael Dufek had two hits each. Mahler drove in a run in the third with a single against Aaron Heilman.
Mets on the mound: Starter Jason Vargas (two innings) and Heilman allowed the runs in the second and third innings. Billy Wagner, using his new windup -- albeit for one pitch -- pitched a scoreless fourth after allowing a leadoff double by VanBuskirk.
Michigan on the mound: Katzman pitched two innings and struck out Carlos Delgado and Ryan Church, the only left-handed hitters he faced. Dufek allowed three base runners and struck out three in 1 2/3 innings.Up next: The Mets play the Tigers in their first Grapefruit League game Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. ET in Lakeland. Mike Pelfrey is scheduled to start for the Mets opposite Jeremy Bonderman.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.