March 3, 2012
Site: Port Charlotte, Fla. (North Charlotte Regional Park)
Event: Snowbird Invitational
Score: Michigan 17, Chicago State 8; Xavier 7, Michigan 4
Records: U-M (6-5); CSU (0-6); XU (2-7)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 4 -- vs. Xavier (Port Charlotte, Fla.), 11 a.m.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The University of Michigan baseball team split a doubleheader Saturday afternoon (March 3) at the Snowbird Invitational at the North Charlotte Regional Park. The Wolverines erupted for 17 runs and 19 hits in a 17-8 win over Chicago State in the opener. The Maize and Blue then gave up runs in just two innings, but a four-run second and three-run fourth were enough for Xavier to claim a 7-4 win in the nightcap.
Freshman Will Drake (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) was a perfect 6-for-6 in the Chicago State win, driving in three runs and scoring four. Senior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) blasted a pair of home runs, two of Michigan's four in the game. Sophomore Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) was 3-for-5 with a home run, four runs batted in and four runs scored and classmate Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) had three hits, including a home run and a double.
Chicago State scored a run in the first, but the Maize and Blue came back with a three-spot in the bottom half of the inning. Drake singled and trotted home on O'Neill's fifth home run of the year. Two hitters later, Crank hit the first of his two dingers on the day. Michigan added three in the second, highlighted by four straight hits, including a triple from Drake and a double by Winger.
After Chicago State scored a pair in the third, the Wolverines erupted for eight runs in the fifth. Michigan sent 13 men to the plate and Winger and Crank hit back-to-back home runs. Senior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) also had a double in the frame.
Lorenz and Winger had RBI hits in the seventh, while Drake brought home a run with a double in the eighth. Chicago State scored a run in the seventh and four in the ninth to end the scoring.
Redshirt sophomore Logan McAnallen (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt) picked up the win in relief for U-M. He allowed just one hit in four innings of work with a pair of strikeouts and three walks. Freshman James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) made the start for Michigan, going three-plus innings with three hits, two earned runs, four strikeouts and five walks. Gregory Day was tagged with the loss for Chicago State, giving up 10 runs and 12 hits in four innings of work.
In the nightcap, Xavier had the four-run second, but Michigan responded with three runs of its own. Winger, Crank and Lorenz had back-to-back-to-back hits to load the bases. Redshirt sophomore John DiLaura (Clinton Twp., Mich./Warren DeLa Salle) singled home a run and an error by the Xavier right fielder allowed Crank to score. A groundout from sophomore Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) cut the Xavier lead to one on an RBI groundout.
Xavier scored three times on four hits in the fourth and Michigan ended the scoring in the fifth as O'Neill singled home junior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) with two outs.
O'Neill was 3-for-4 against the Musketeers, while three Xavier hitters (Patrick Paligraf, Daniel Rod and Mitch Elliott) had two hits apiece.
Redshirt junior Bobby Brosnahan (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) made the start for Michigan, allowing eight hits, four earned runs with four strikeouts and a walk in the loss. Sophomore Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) gave up a hit and had a strikeout in 2.2 innings of relief. Xavier's Jon Richard picked up the win, striking out six in seven innings of work.
Michigan will conclude its Spring Break trip and its games at the Snowbird Invitational Sunday morning (March 4) against Xavier. Game time is scheduled for 11 a.m.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423