Wolverines Fall to Michigan State in Home Opener

March 25, 2011

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Michigan State 9, Michigan 3
Records: U-M (6-13), MSU (13-5)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 26 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 1:05 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team had its home opener spoiled by Michigan State in a 9-3 loss Friday afternoon (March 25) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. The Wolverines scored three runs in the second to take a two-run advantage, but Michigan State capitalized on three Michigan errors and tallied eight unanswered runs for the win.

The Spartans scored first in the second as Jeff Holm doubled, moved to third on a Ryan Jones groundout and scored on a Justin Scanlon grounder. Michigan came right back and put up three runs in the bottom of the second. Junior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) led off the inning with a walk. He moved to second on a single from redshirt junior Garrett Stephens (Davison, Mich./Davison). Both runners scored as freshman Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) singled and moved up a base on a Jones error in leftfield. Redshirt sophomore Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central) gave U-M the 3-1 lead on a single to left, scoring Lakatos.

Michigan State tied the game at three in the third, scoring two unearned runs. Brandon Eckerle reached on a bunt as redshirt sophomore pitcher Tyler Mills' (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) throw was wild. Mills got the second out but gave up a single to Torsten Boss and hit Holm to load the bases. Jones brought in a run on a bases-loaded walk and Scanlon singled home Boss to tie the game at three.

The Spartans scored the game-winning run in the sixth. Scanlon reached on catcher's interference to start the inning. He moved to second on a passed ball and scored on a Jared Hook single. MSU put up two more in the seventh on a Jones run-scoring single and a sacrifice bunt from Scanlon that scored Boss.

In the eighth, sophomore Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) retired the first two hitters but walked Eckerle and gave up a single to pinch hitter Jeff Kinley. Both runners scored on a Boss single. Holm singled to left and Boss came around to score on a fielding error on Lakatos.

Kurt Wunderlich earned the win on the mound for MSU. He struck out six and allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings of work. Mills was tagged with the loss, going 5.1 innings and giving up just one earned run on six hits with four strikeouts.

Krantz and redshirt senior Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) had two hits apiece for the Maize and Blue, while Boss and Holm had three hits and Scanlon drove in three runs for the Spartans.

Michigan and Michigan State continue the three-game set this Saturday afternoon (March 26) at McLane Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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