Feb. 20, 2011
Site: Clearwater, Fla. (Jack Russell Memorial Stadium)
Event: Big Ten/Big East Challenge
Score: #22 Connecticut 16, Michigan 9
Records: U-M (0-3), UConn (1-2)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 25 -- vs. Rutgers (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) 2 p.m.
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Connecticut scored 11 runs in the second and third innings and, despite an even output of hits (16 apiece), the University of Michigan baseball team could not overcome the early hole in a 16-9 loss to the 22nd-ranked Huskies Sunday morning (Feb. 20) at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium. The game concluded Michigan's stay at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge.
Redshirt sophomore Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central) led the Michigan offense, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and a run batted in. Redshirt junior Garrett Stephens (Davison, Mich./Davison) was 3-for-5 with four RBI, while freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty), junior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley), junior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and freshman Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) had two hits apiece.
Michigan's starting pitcher, junior Brandon Sinnery (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy), had a 1-2-3 first frame but ran into trouble in the second. LJ Mazzilli doubled with one out. After Sinnery retired Doug Elliot, he hit Ryan Fuller. Mike Friel walked to load the bases, and Mazzilli came home to score on a Billy Ferriter walk. John Andreoli then reached on an error, scoring Elliot and making it 2-0. Another hit by pitch to Nick Ahmed brought in Friel. George Springer then singled to center, and an error brought in three more runs, making it 6-0 UConn.
Michigan answered with a pair of runs in the third as a Krantz single and two walks loaded the bases. O'Neill grounded into a double play that scored a run, and a Crank double plated sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) to make it 6-2. UConn came back with a five-spot in the third off fifth-year senior Matt Gerbe (Shelby Twp., Mich./Eisenhower), highlighted by a two-run double from Nick Ahmed and a Ferriter bunt single that scored a run.
Ferriter singled to score Fuller in the fourth, and an Ahmed groundout scored Friel, making it 13-2. UConn scored a single run in both the fifth and sixth innings and a run in the eighth.
In the Michigan half of the fifth, Stephens' two-run single scored O'Neill and Crank, who doubled and walked, respectively, to open the inning. Michigan scored four runs in the seventh, with Stephens driving in two more runs on a single up the middle, and had a run in the ninth on Krantz's triple and Biondi's run-scoring groundout.
UConn was led by Ahmed's four RBI, while Ferriter drove in three runs. Mike Nemeth and Friel had three hits apiece for the Huskies.
Sinnery was tagged with the loss, allowing two hits and one earned run with three walks in 1.2 innings pitched. The win for UConn went to reliever Will Jolin. He struck out three and allowed a hit in two innings.
Michigan will head back to Florida next week and open a three-game series with Rutgers on Friday (Feb. 25) at 2 p.m., in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423
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