March 19, 2011
Site: Ypsilanti, Mich. (Oestrike Stadium)
Event: Oestrike Classic
Score: Michigan 2, Oakland 1
Records: U-M (5-12), Oakland (2-9)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 20 -- at Eastern Michigan - Oestrike Classic (Ypsilanti, Mich.), 2 p .m.
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team won its second straight contest and its third in the last four games with a 2-1 win over Oakland on the second day of the Oestrike Classic on Saturday afternoon (March 19) in Oestrike Stadium. Redshirt sophomore Bobby Brosnahan (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and freshman Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) combined to allow just five hits and a run with six strikeouts on the mound.
Both teams plated a run in the third inning. Michigan opened the third with a single from redshirt junior Garrett Stephens (Davison, Mich./Davison). He went to second on a single through the right side by redshirt freshman Zach Johnson (Grandville, Mich./Grandville). Redshirt sophomore Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central) bunted both runners up a base. Sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) then hit a grounder to first base, but Aaron Cieslak froze and Biondi was safe at first and Stephens scored, giving U-M a 1-0 advantage. Oakland came right back and tied it in the bottom of the third. Tim Ryan led off with a double down the leftfield line. He went to third on a bunt single from D.J. Jarrad. Ryan scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Cieslak.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the seventh. Sophomore Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) opened the seventh with a double in the gap in leftfield. Oakland starter Aaron Wick then walked junior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley), which brought in reliever Mark Leichtman. He got Stephens to pop out but walked freshman pinch hitter Adam Robinson (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) to load the bases. Krantz grounded to second to score Dennis with the game-winning run.
Brosnahan went into the eighth inning for his longest outing of the season. Oakland had a runner on third with two outs in the seventh, but Brosnahan got Jarrad to fly to center to end the inning.
Brosnahan struck out four in 7.1 innings, allowing five hits and a run with four walks to earn his first victory of the season. Lakatos picked up his first save, striking out a pair and not allowing a hit in 1.2 innings of work. The loss went to Wick. He allowed six hits and two runs with three strikeouts in six-plus innings.
Dennis had two hits to lead the Michigan offense on the day. Freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) also had a hit in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 17 games.
Michigan will conclude the Oestrike Classic with a game against host Eastern Michigan tomorrow (Sunday, March 20) at 2 p.m. in Ypsilanti, Mich.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423