March 13, 2011
Site: Rock Hill, S.C. (Winthrop Ballpark)
Event: Bojangles Baseball Classic
Score: Stony Brook 3, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (3-12), Stony Brook (6-4)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 18 -- at Stanford (Palo Alto, Calif.) 6 p.m. PDT
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- The University of Michigan baseball team dropped a pitchers' duel to Stony Brook, 3-1, Sunday morning (March 13) on the final day of the Bojangles Baseball Classic at Winthrop Ballpark.
Junior/sophomore Bobby Brosnahan (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and Stony Brook starter Frankie Vanderka traded zeros on the scoreboard until the Seawolves scored a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Maxx Tissenbaum walked with one out, advanced to second on a Steven Marino single, and scored on a single by Travis Jankowski. Stony Brook added a run in the sixth as Tissenbaum walked, moved to second as Marino was hit by a pitch from junior Brandon Sinnery (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy), went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a Tanner Nivins single to right.
Freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) extended his hitting streak to 15 games in style with a leadoff solo home run to left in the seventh, cutting the Seawolves' lead to 2-1. Michigan had a golden opportunity to score in the eighth but left the bases loaded.
Junior pinch hitter John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East), sophomore Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) and fifth-year senior Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) all walked with one out, but Stony Brook reliever G.C. Yerry struck out sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) and got O'Neill to foul out to end the threat.
Stony Brook added an insurance run in the eighth. Tissenbaum singled and went to second on a Marino single. Nivins loaded the bases with a single to left, and Tissenbaum scored on a wild pitch.
Five Wolverines had a hit apiece, while Marino and Nivins had two hits each for Stony Brook. Tissenbaum scored all three runs for the Seawolves.
Brosnahan was tagged with the loss, allowing a run on three hits in four innings of work. Vaderka struck out five in six innings to pick up the win, while Yerry had three punchouts for his first save of the season.
Michigan continues the 18-game road trip next weekend in Palo Alto, Calif., as the Wolverines face Stanford in a three-game series. The Wolverines and Cardinal open the series on Friday (March 18) with a 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT) first pitch.
N O T E S
Stony Brook is 3-0 in tournament play to win the title with one game to play against host Winthrop (1-2 in the tournament), while Michigan finished the four games at 1-3.
Michigan is 3-12 for the first time since 2002.
Freshman RF Michael O'Neill, who is hitting .356 (21-for-59), extended his team-leading hitting streak to 15 games with his first career home run in the seventh inning vs. Stony Brook on Sunday. O'Neill has at least one hit in every game in his U-M career.
Senior co-captain 2B Anthony Toth, who is hitting .286 (16-for-56), was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks, reaching base three times in four plate appearances Sunday vs. Stony Brook. Toth has hits in 15 of his last 18 games as a Wolverine.
Junior catcher/DH Coley Crank was 1-for-4 vs. Stony Brook on Sunday morning, extending his season-best hitting streak to three games.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423