Michigan Unable to Hold Early Lead in Loss at EMU

March 30, 2011

Box Score |  Notes

Site: Ypsilanti, Mich. (Oestrike Stadium)
Eastern Michigan 8, Michigan 2
Records: U-M (6-16), EMU (16-9)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 1 -- vs. Indiana (Wilpon Complex), 3 p.m.

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team took a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but Eastern Michigan scored eight unanswered runs to take the 8-2 win on Wednesday afternoon (March 30) at Oestrike Stadium.

Sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) gave the Wolverines a 2-0 lead in the top of the second as his two-run, two-out single to center brought in junior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and redshirt sophomore Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central).

Eastern Michigan took a lead it never relinquished in the fourth inning. Tucker Rubino singled with one away. He stole second and moved to third on a Rob Wendzicki base hit. Matt Hitt laid down a bunt single to score Rubino. With runners on first and second, Ken Battiston doubled to left to tie the game at two. The game-winning run batted in came from Daniel Russell, who grounded out to second to score Hitt.

EMU took a 4-2 lead in the fifth as Zac Leonard singled, moved to second on a Ben Magsic walk, went to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a Wendzicki single. In the sixth, the Eagles scored a pair of runs. Battiston singled, stole second, went to third on a Russell bunt single and scored on a fielder's choice from Lee Longo. Both runners moved up a base on a failed pickoff attempt and Russell scored on a Magsic infield single.

The Eagles finished the scoring with a pair of runs in the eighth on a two-run single from Rubino that scored Leonard and Longo.

Lorenz had two hits to lead the Wolverines, while Biondi drove in a pair of runs. For EMU, Wendzicki was 3-for-5, while Rubino had two RBI.

Redshirt freshman Logan McAnallen (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt) took the loss, giving up three runs and four hits with three strikeouts and four walks in 3.1 innings. Brian Valente earned the win, striking out three and giving up five hits and two unearned runs in five innings pitched.

Michigan opens Big Ten play this Friday (April 1) as the Wolverines face Indiana at 3 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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