March 10, 2012
Site: Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium)
Score: Notre Dame 2, Michigan 0; #13 LSU 6, Michigan 4
Records: U-M (6-9), UND (6-4), LSU (13-2)
Attendance Game 2: 11,204
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 11 -- vs. Notre Dame (Baton Rouge, La.), 10 a.m. CDT
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The University of Michigan baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader on Saturday (March 11) at Alex Box Stadium. Michigan fell 2-0 to Notre Dame in the opener and dropped the nightcap, 6-4, to No. 13 LSU.
In the opener against the Fighting Irish, senior/junior Bobby Brosnahan (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) allowed just five hits and one earned run while striking out four and not walking a batter in nine innings of work, the second complete game for the Wolverines. Notre Dame's Will Hudgins earned the win on the mound, striking out 11 Wolverines while allowing eight hits, no runs and no walks in eight innings. Dan Slania picked up his fourth save by pitching the ninth.
The Fighting Irish got the leadoff runner on base in the seventh via an error and a homer scored two.
Michigan had its best chance of scoring in the second inning. With one out, senior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) doubled off the wall in left. He went to third on a single from classmate John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East). Junior/sophomore John DiLaura (Clinton Twp., Mich./Warren DeLa Salle) then bunted to the pitcher. He was out at first, but Crank was unable to score on the sacrifice. Freshman Dylan Delaney (Woodland Hills, Calif./Chaminade) then struck out to end the threat.
Michigan had a runner on third in the sixth inning after freshman Will Drake (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) doubled with one out and moved to third on a two-out infield single from sophomore Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia), but a Crank pop out ended the inning.
In the ninth, Lorenz and DiLaura hit back-to-back one-out singles, but freshman Eric Jacobson (Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius) grounded into a double play to end the game.
Drake, Lorenz and DiLaura had two hits apiece, while the Wolverines had 10 on the day. Alex Robinson had a pair of hits for the Fighting Irish.
In the nightcap against LSU, the Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Jared Foster led off the inning with a home run to left field. The Maize and Blue answered in the top of the third as Delaney hit his first home run of his Michigan career, a shot to the gap in left field.
The Wolverines took a 3-1 lead in the fourth when Crank drilled his third home run of the season, a liner over the wall in left. Lorenz then singled and went to third on a hit-and-run by DiLaura, who singled in the hole at second base. Delaney then brought in Lorenz on a sacrifice bunt, giving U-M the two-run advantage.
LSU got one of those runs back in the bottom of the fourth. Raph Rhymes singled, moved to second on an Austin Nola walk and scored on a single by Tyler Hanover. An unearned run tied the game at three in the fifth. JaCoby Jones singled, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by sophomore Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn). He scored on a Rhymes infield single.
LSU scored the game-winning runs in the seventh. Foster walked and Jones replaced him at first on a fielder's choice. Jones went to third on a Rhymes double. Freshman Matt Ogden (Aurora, Colo./Smoky Hill) walked Nola to load the bases and then on a close 3-2 pitch, walked Hanover to give LSU the 4-3 lead. Grant Dozar drove in two runs on a single to right.
Sophomore Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) homered to lead off the eighth, his sixth home run of the year. Michigan got the leadoff runner on base in the ninth, but LSU reliever Nick Goody struck out a pair of Wolverines to give the Tigers the win.
Drake was 3-for-4 on the night, while Delaney and DiLaura had two hits apiece. Rhymes was 3-for-5 for LSU, with Hanover and Dozar driving in two runs apiece. Michigan outhit the Tigers 11-7 on the night.
Ogden was tagged with the loss, giving up three runs on two hits with a strikeout in two innings of work. Junior Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) started the game for Michigan. He went five innings, allowing five hits, two earned runs and three walks with six strikeouts. Fifth-year senior Kolby Wood (Buchanan, Mich./Berrien Springs) struck out a batter in an inning of relief. Ryan Eades earned the win for LSU, striking out seven while giving up 10 hits and four runs in eight innings. Goody picked up his first save of the year by pitching the ninth.
Michigan finishes up its trip in Baton Rouge this Sunday morning (March 11) against Notre Dame. Game time at Alex Box Stadium is scheduled for 10 a.m. CDT.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423