March 11, 2012
Site: Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium)
Score: Michigan 6, Notre Dame 5
Records: U-M (7-9), UND (6-5)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 16 -- at Coastal Carolina (Conway, S.C.), 4 p.m.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The University of Michigan baseball team scored four runs in the seventh inning to take the lead and hung on for a 6-5 win over Notre Dame Sunday morning (March 11) at Alex Box Stadium. Michigan snapped its five-game losing streak with the win over the Fighting Irish.
Michigan trailed 4-1 heading to the top of the seventh. Junior/sophomore John DiLaura (Clinton Twp., Mich./Warren DeLa Salle) led off the frame with a single and went to second on a one-out single from sophomore Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn). Both runners moved up 90 feet on an Adam Norton balk, and DiLaura scored on an RBI groundout by junior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child).
The Irish brought in Joe Spano, who struck out freshman Will Drake (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield), but he reached base on a wild pitch, allowing Martin to score and cut the lead to 4-3. Sophomore Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) singled, and classmate Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) brought in the game-winning runs with a single to right, giving Michigan a 5-4 advantage.
The Wolverines scored a key insurance run in the ninth. Biondi singled and went to second on a wild pitch. Drake struck out, but he again reached on a wild pitch with Biondi advancing to third. Winger came up and singled to center to score Biondi.
Notre Dame scored a run in the ninth on a Trey Mancini single, but sophomore Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) got Alex Carter to fly out with two on to end the game.
The Maize and Blue opened the scoring with a run in the first. Drake singled with one out and moved up on a balk. O'Neill reached on a throwing error by the Notre Dame third baseman, putting runners on the corners. O'Neill looked to be picked off but got in a rundown, allowing Drake to score for the game's first run.
Notre Dame tied the game at one in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk and brought in three runs in the fifth on back-to-back home runs by Eric Jagielo and Mancini.
Freshman James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) earned the win on the mound, giving up a hit and a run with a strikeout and two walks in 2.1 innings of work. Lakatos induced the flyout in the ninth to record his first save. Junior Kyle Clark (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) started the game for Michigan, giving up seven hits and three runs with a pair of strikeouts and walks in 4.1 innings. Freshman Trent Szkutnik (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) struck out two in two innings of relief.
Spano, who gave up a pair of runs in relief, was tagged with the loss. Norton struck out seven in 6.2 innings, giving up seven hits and two earned runs.
Winger drove in three runs for Michigan, while DiLaura was 3-for-4. Biondi, Drake and Winger had two hits apiece. Jagielo was 3-for-5 to lead Notre Dame.
Michigan will head to Conway, S.C., and the CC Classic beginning next Friday (March 16). The Wolverines will face the host Coastal Carolina at 4 p.m. on the CCU campus.
N O T E S
Junior/sophomore 2B John DiLaura, who is hitting .600 (12-for-20) extended his personal career-best hitting streak to seven games with a second-inning single Sunday vs. Notre Dame.
DiLaura, making his fifth start of the season at second base, was 3-for-4 with a double vs. Notre Dame for his third multi-hit game of the weekend, fourth of the season and eighth of his U-M career. He has two three-hit games as a Wolverine.
DiLaura, a defensive replacement without an at-bat in the Friday night LSU game, hit .636 (7-for-11) in the LSU Tournament.
Sophomore 1B Brett Winger, who is hitting .328 (19-for-58), was 2-for-5 with three RBI Sunday vs. Notre Dame to give him hits in nine of his last 10 games.
Winger's two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning put the Wolverines ahead 5-4, and it proved to be his second game-winning RBI of the season and his career. Winger's RBI single in the ninth inning provided a needed insurance tally.
Freshman LF Will Drake, who is hitting .383 (23-for-60), was 2-for-5 Sunday. Drake had three multi-hit games on the weekend, giving him six multi-hit games this season.
Junior co-captain CF/2B Patrick Biondi, who is hitting .230 (14-for-61), was 2-for-5 with a run scored and a run batted in Sunday. Biondi has four multi-hit games this season and 43 for his U-M career.
Biondi, who has scored 15 times this season, has scored 120 runs in 127 games in his Wolverine career.
Sophomore RF Michael O'Neill, who is hitting .394 (26-for-66), was 1-for-5 Sunday vs. Notre Dame. O'Neill has hits in 57 of his 70 games as a Wolverine.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423