Feb. 25, 2011
Site: Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Tradition Field #5)
Score: Rutgers 8, Michigan 2
Records: U-M (0-4), Rutgers (2-2)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 26 -- vs. Rutgers - doubleheader (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) 11 a.m.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The University of Michigan baseball team fell, 8-2, to Rutgers on Friday (Feb. 25) in the first game of a three-game set at Tradition Field #5 on the New York Mets' Spring Training Complex. The two teams were tied at one after three innings, but the Scarlet Knights put up three in the fourth and four more crossed the plate in the final two innings. Rutgers also received a complete-game performance on the mound from Tyler Gebler.
Rutgers' leadoff hitter Michael Lang led off the game with a triple to the gap in leftfield and scored on a soft grounder to short off the bat of Steve Zavala. The Maize and Blue answered in the bottom of the third to tie the game at one. With two outs, sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) walked and came all the way around to score on redshirt senior Anthony Toth's (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) double in the leftfield gap.
Rutgers retook the lead in the fourth as D.J. Anderson led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a walk to Dan Perrine. Michigan starter and redshirt sophomore Bobby Brosnahan (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) got a second out, but a passed ball put runners on second and third with two away. Michigan then intentionally walked Lang, but Steve Zavala singled up the middle to score two runs, giving Rutgers a 3-1 lead. A Brosnahan wild pitch made it 4-1.
Michigan plated another run in the bottom of the sixth. The Wolverines had two quick outs, but junior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) doubled to the rightfield gap and extended his hit streak to 18 games, dating back to last year. Lorenz scored on a single from sophomore Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Northern) to cut Rutgers lead to 4-2.
Rutgers scored its fifth run in the eighth when Brandon Boykin hit an inside-the-park home run to leftfield. Three more runs came across for Rutgers in the ninth. Steve Zavala doubled to lead off the frame and scored on a Bill Hoermann single. Michael Zavala then singled home Hoermann and Anderson came around on a U-M throwing error.
Gebler went the distance for the Scarlet Knights, striking out five and allowing eight hits and two earned runs. The loss was tagged to Brosnahan, who gave up four runs and eight hits with three strikeouts and four walks in five innings pitched. Junior Kevin Vangheluwe (St. Clair, Mich./Lake Shore) struck out four batters in 3.2 innings, allowing three runs on four hits.
Dennis was 3-for-4 with a run batted in for the Wolverines, while Toth had two hits and drove in a run. For Rutgers, Steve Zavala was 3-for-5 with three RBI, while Anderson, Russ Hopkins and Melillo had two hits apiece.
Michigan will finish its three-game set with Rutgers this Saturday (Feb. 26) with a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m.. The Wolverines will then play an exhibition game against the New York Mets on Sunday (Feb. 27) at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423