Lineup's Top Three Propel Maize & Blue to Triumph over UMass

March 5, 2011

Box Score |  Notes

Site: Huntsville, Texas (Don Sanders Stadium)
Henson Family Dealership/First National Bank of Huntsville Baseball Tournament
Michigan 11, Massachusetts 6
Records: U-M (2-8), Massachusetts (0-2)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 6 -- at Sam Houston State - Henson Family Dealership/First National Bank of Huntsville Baseball Tournament (Huntsville, Texas), 10 a.m. CST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- The top three hitters in the Wolverine lineup reached base 15 times and the Maize and Blue scored multiple runs in four frames to help the University of Michigan baseball team defeat Massachusetts, 11-6, on Saturday afternoon (March 5) in the Henson Family Dealership/First National Bank of Huntsville Baseball Tournament at Sanders Stadium. Michigan defeated the Minutemen for the second straight day in the double round-robin event.

Sophomore Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) reached base six times in today's game, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored, two runs batted in, a walk and two hit-by-pitches. Classmate Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two walks, while freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) was 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Redshirt senior Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) added two hits and two runs scored for the Wolverines.

Michigan fell behind 2-0 in the second but answered with a four-spot in the third. Biondi and Dennis opened the frame with singles, and Biondi came home on an O'Neill single.

Redshirt junior Garrett Stephens (Davison, Mich./Davison) scored Dennis with a single through the right side. Michigan then took the lead as Eric Fredette made a great play on a grounder by junior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley), but the throw to first was wild, allowing O'Neill to score. Michigan loaded the bases and a run scored as UMass starter Leif Sorenson hit redshirt sophomore Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central).

UMass scored a run in the bottom of the third to cut it to 4-3, while both teams scored a pair of runs in the fifth. For U-M, all the action happened with two outs. Redshirt freshman Zach Johnson (Grandville, Mich./Grandville) was hit by a pitch and went to third on a Krantz double. Biondi walked and Johnson trotted home when Dennis was hit by a pitch. O'Neill was then hit by a pitch to bring home Krantz.

UMass threatened to tie or take the lead in the seventh. Redshirt sophomore Matt Broder (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) retired the first two Minutemen, but after a walk and stolen base, Broder had a 2-2 count when freshman Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern) was brought into the game. Lakatos issued back-to-back walks to load the bases, but got a groundout to third to end the threat.

Michigan added on the one-run lead in the final two innings. In the eighth, junior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) had the big hit as his single up the middle scored Toth and Stephens. Michigan scored three runs in the ninth. Biondi reached on an error to start the inning, and then went to second on a wild pitch. Dennis brought him in with a single and stole second. He scored on a Toth single to center. Crank then doubled down the leftfield line to plate the third run of the inning and 11th of the game. UMass scored a run in the bottom of the ninth, but a 6-4-3 double play ended the game, giving the Maize and Blue its second win of 2011.

Broder earned the win in relief, giving up a hit in 2.2 innings of work. Sophomore Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) started the game for Michigan, giving up two hits and an earned run in three innings of work. The loss went to starter Leif Sorenson, who allowed four earned runs and eight hits in 4.2 innings. The two teams combined to leave 24 runners on base, 14 of them by Michigan.

Michigan wraps up play in the Henson Family Dealership/First National Bank of Huntsville Baseball Tournament Sunday (March 6) against the host Sam Houston State. First pitch is at 10 a.m. CST in Huntsville, Texas.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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