Maize & Blue Splits Doubleheader with Iona
Patrick Biondi

Feb. 25, 2012

• Boxscores: Game 1 | Game 2

Site: Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Tradition Field #5)
Score: Michigan 11, Iona 2; Iona 3, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (4-2); Iona (2-4)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 25 -- vs. Iona (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Noon

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The University of Michigan baseball team split a doubleheader with Iona this Saturday (Feb. 25) at Tradition Field. Michigan scored four runs in each of the first two innings on its way to an 11-2 win over the Gaels in the opener. The Wolverines then saw their four-game win streak snapped in a 3-1 loss in the nightcap.

In the opener, U-M had four players with two hits apiece. Senior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) was one of them and he added three runs batted in. Sophomore Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) drove in a pair of runs, while junior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) stole three bases.

Michigan used the solid pitching of senior/junior Bobby Brosnahan (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) for the second straight Saturday. Brosnahan moved to 2-0 on the year after allowing just five hits and two runs with three strikeouts and two walks in six innings. Freshman James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) pitched the final three frames, striking out four and giving up just one hit to earn his first career save.

Iona struck first with two runs in the first inning, but the Maize and Blue answered with a four-spot in the bottom of the frame. Biondi and freshman Will Drake (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) both walked and, three stolen bases later, were on second and third, respectively. Crank brought both runners home on a single to left. After a walk to senior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East), Winger brought in a pair with a single to left.

In the second, Biondi walked, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Drake singled to score Biondi to make it 5-2 Michigan. After a double from sophomore Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty), Drake scored on Crank's single. O'Neill and Crank executed a double steal and the former scored on a Lorenz groundout. Junior Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) brought in the final run of the second on a sacrifice bunt that scored Crank.

Michigan scored three unearned runs in the fifth inning. Winger doubled to open the inning. Sophomore Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) then reached on a catcher's interference. Freshman Dylan Delaney (Woodland Hills, Calif./Chaminade) loaded the bases as he was hit by a pitch. All three scored on a fielder's choice that included two errors by the Gaels.

Joe Torres had two hits for the Gaels. John Daddino took the loss, allowing six hits and eight run in an inning-plus of work.

Michigan took a 1-0 lead in the nightcap in the bottom of the second. Crank reached on an error and moved to second on a single from Lorenz. A Dennis fielder's choice put runners on the corners with one out. Winger loaded the bases with a walk and Martin drove in a run with a groundout to short.

Iona tied the game in the fifth on a sacrifice fly and took the lead in the eighth with a bases-loaded walk. The Gaels added insurance in the ninth with a Torres RBI single. Michigan got the leadoff runner on in the ninth in O'Neill, but on a flyout to right by Crank, the umpires said O'Neill left too early to tag to second base. Lorenz struck out to end the game.

O'Neill had two hits for the Maize and Blue. Junior Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) started for Michigan, giving up just one run and six hits with a pair of strikeouts in seven innings of work. Sophomore Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) took the loss, walking three with a strikeout and an unearned run in an inning.

Michigan and Iona will wrap up the series this Sunday (Feb. 26) in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Wolverines and Gaels start at noon at Digital Domain Park.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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