Oaks, Wolverines on Wrong End of Pitchers' Duel with No. 20 Louisville

Feb. 26, 2010

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Sites: Dunedin, Fla. (Dunedin Stadium)
Event: Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge
Score: #20 Louisville 2, Michigan 0
Records: U-M (2-3), Louisville (5-0)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 27 -- vs. St. John's at Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge (St. Petersburg, Fla.), 4:30 p.m.

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Senior pitcher Alan Oaks (White Lake, Mich./Divine Child) pitched a gem for the University of Michigan baseball team, but the offense could not find a spark as it fell to No. 20-ranked Louisville, 2-0, on Friday night (Feb. 26) on day one of the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge at Dunedin Stadium, the spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Oaks yielded just two runs as he dispersed five hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out a career-high seven batters. Just four runners made it past first base for the Cardinals, with Oaks stranding a pair. Sophomore pitcher Brandon Sinnery (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) remained untouched out of the bullpen, giving up one hit in two innings in relief.

Senior/junior second baseman Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) was one of two Wolverines with a hit. He also stole a base and flashed some leather in the second inning, ranging to his left on a sharp grounder, spinning and throwing out the runner at first base.

Michigan's only threat came in the bottom of the third, when the Maize and Blue loaded the bases before a double play put an end to the rally. With Dennis on first base, Biondi laced a ball into centerfield to put two men aboard. Toth inside-outed a ball that bounced off the outstretched glove of the Cardinals' rightfielder to fill the base paths before the double play ended the inning.

Louisville got a run early, scoring on a sacrifice fly in the first inning to go up, 1-0. A leadoff home run in the fourth to leftfield ended the scoring at 2-0 and proved to be enough for the Cardinals' victory.

The Wolverines will look to return to their winning ways at the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 27) when they take on St. John's at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.


• Michigan fell to 4-1 at the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge.

• Redshirt freshman LF Kevin Krantz earned his first career start today.

• Redshirt junior 2B Anthony Toth extended his season-long hitting streak to five games with a sixth-inning single.

• Senior P Alan Oaks struck out a career high seven batters tonight. His previous best of four came against Michigan State on April 18, 2009.

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423

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