Feb. 17, 2013
Site: Berkeley, Calif. (Evans Diamond)
Score: California 2, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (0-3), Cal (3-0)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 22 -- vs. Fordham (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), 2 p.m.
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Seven innings of one-run ball from freshman Evan Hill (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) in his first collegiate start were not enough as the University of Michigan baseball team suffered its third straight walk-off loss at Cal, 2-1, on Sunday (Feb. 17) at Evans Diamond. After U-M plated a run in the top of the eighth to tie the score, Brian Celsi's bases loaded single to right in the bottom of the ninth ended it.
The game was tied at one headed into the bottom of the ninth. Pinch hitter Brenden Farney walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Mitchell Kranson. Devin Pearson then walked to put runners on first and second. A wild pitch moved both runners up 90 feet, and Michigan elected to load the bases by intentionally walking Mike Reuvemkamp. Celsi then took junior/sophomore Jay Perry's (Royal Oak, Mich./U of D Jesuit) first pitch through the right side for the walk-off win.
Derek Campbell's solo home run in the sixth was the game's only run until the Wolverines struck for a run in the eighth. Senior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) doubled to lead off the frame. Junior Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) grounded to third, but as the Cal third baseman kept Biondi at second with a fake throw, O'Neill beat out his throw to first. Michigan loaded the bases with a walk by freshman Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer). Pinch hitter and sophomore Kyle Jusick (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) hit a chopper to first. Kranson threw home to get the force, but Andrew Knapp's throw was low, allowing O'Neill to score.
Hill struck out three, allowing just five hits and a run with a walk in seven innings of work. Hill had 1-2-3 innings in the first and third and faced the minimum in the fifth. Junior Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) was tagged with the loss, allowing a run in two-thirds of an inning.
Biondi had two hits and walked twice on the day. Michigan left 10 men on base, while Cal left nine runners stranded.
Michigan will open a three-game series with Fordham this Friday (Feb. 22) at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Fla. First pitch is at 2 p.m.
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