Feb. 27, 2011
Site: Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Digital Domain Park)
Score: New York Mets 7, Michigan 1 (exhibition)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, March 2 -- at Florida Gulf Coast (Fort Myers, Fla.), 6:30 p.m.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The University of Michigan baseball team fell, 7-1, in an exhibition game against the New York Mets on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 27) in front of 2,644 fans at Digital Domain Park. The Wolverines allowed earned runs in just one of the eight innings, and U-M had three doubles on the day, including a run-scoring two-bagger from junior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East).
Freshman starting pitcher Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) looked strong for 2.2 innings. In the first, he got Jose Reyes to fly out and Luis Castillo and David Wright to ground out. He worked his way around a Nick Evans walk to get out of the second without giving up a run. That included a fly out to Jason Bay to start the frame.
Lakatos was pitching with the lead in the second after the Wolverines scored a run in the top of the inning. With one out, redshirt junior Garrett Stephens (Davison, Mich./Davison) doubled to rightfield and scored on a Lorenz double down the leftfield line with two outs.
The Mets scored three unearned runs in the third to take a lead. Lakatos struck out Dusty Ryan to lead off the inning. Kai Gronauer then hit a ground ball to Lorenz, but his throw to first was high as the Met reached on the error. Lakatos walked Reyes and gave up an infield single to Castillo. Wright grounded out to first base, which scored Gronauer with the Mets first run. Bay then singled to left, scoring Reyes and Castillo for the 3-1 lead.
Michigan's arms again looked good after Lakatos left the game. Sophomore Kyle Clark (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) struck out five Mets in 2.1 innings, while redshirt sophomore Matt Broder (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) had a strikeout and did not allow a hit in an inning pitched.
The Mets scored four runs in the seventh, highlighted by a two-run home run from Cody Holliday.
The win was given to Chris Capuano, who started the game for the Mets. He gave up three hits and a run with four strikeouts in three innings. Lakatos was tagged with the loss, giving up two hits and striking out a batter in 2.2 innings.
Redshirt senior Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) had a double in the third inning, while sophomore Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Northern) singled in the seventh, joining Stephens and Lorenz for Michigan's four hits. Jason Pridie and Wilfredo Tovar had two hits apiece for the Mets.
Michigan will play its first true road game of the season this Wednesday (March 2) at Florida Gulf Coast. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Fort Myers, Fla.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423