March 2, 2013
Site: Port Charlotte, Fla. (North Charlotte Regional Park)
Event: Snowbird Invitational
Score: Saint Louis 8, Michigan 5; Michigan 11, Saint Louis 0
Records: U-M (4-5), SLU (7-3)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 3 -- vs. Georgetown (Port Charlotte, Fla.), 2:30 p.m.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Senior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) became the program's career stolen-base leader on Saturday (March 2), as the University of Michigan baseball team earned a doubleheader split with Saint Louis on day two of the Snowbird Invitational at the North Charlotte Regional Park. The Wolverines fell to the Billikens, 8-5, in game one and shut out SLU, 11-0, in the nightcap.
The Billikens scored four runs in the first two innings of the opener, but Michigan put up a pair of runs in the bottom of the second as Biondi doubled home junior Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) and sophomore Dylan Delaney (Woodland Hills, Calif./Chaminade) to trim SLU's lead to 4-2. Saint Louis added a run in the fourth, two in the sixth and a run in the seventh to go up 8-2.
Michigan scored three runs in the eighth inning. Junior Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) and freshman Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) singled to open the inning. Freshman Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) doubled home a run, and sophomore Kyle Jusick (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) singled up the middle to score Maezes. Senior/junior Zach Johnson (Grandville, Mich./Grandville) brought in the game's final run on a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
O'Neill, Cronenworth and Jusick had two hits apiece. Sophomore James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) was tagged with the loss, allowing 11 hits and five earned runs with three strikeouts and two walks in five-plus innings.
Michigan jumped out in the nightcap to score six runs in the first three innings of play. O'Neill doubled down the rightfield line to score Biondi in the first. Then in the second, Jusick singled, stole second and scored on a double from Martin, who trotted home on a hit from senior/junior John DiLaura (Clinton Twp., Mich./Warren DeLa Salle) to make it 3-0 Wolverines. The Maize and Blue exploded for three runs in the third, highlighted by a two-run single from Martin and an infield safety by DiLaura that scored a run.
U-M added insurance with a four-run fifth. In that inning, Biondi stole his 91st career base, establishing the program career stolen-base mark. He passes Eric Rose (2004-07) with his third theft of the season. White tripled to open the frame and scored on freshman Jack Sexton's (Goldens Bridge, N.Y./Fordham Prep) sacrifice fly. Michigan had runners on the corners after singles from DiLaura and Biondi; and DiLaura came home on an error. Biondi and O'Neill each stole a base, and both scored when Cronenworth singled through the left side. Michigan ended the scoring with a run in the sixth on DiLaura's fourth hit and third run batted in of the game.
On the mound, freshman Evan Hill (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) picked up his second win and combined with junior/sophomore Jay Perry (Royal Oak, Mich./U of D Jesuit) and freshman Alex Daar (Clinton Twp., Mich./University Liggett) for Michigan's first shutout of the year. Hill gave up two hits and struck out four in six innings of work. Perry and Daar had a strikeout apiece.
Michigan had 16 hits in the game, four from DiLaura and three apiece by Biondi and Martin. DiLaura and Martin drove in three runs apiece.
The Maize and Blue concludes play in the Snowbird Invitational with a single game against Georgetown Sunday afternoon (March 3) at 2:30 p.m. at the North Charlotte Regional Park.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423