April 1, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Indiana 12, Michigan 5
Records: U-M (6-17, 0-1 Big Ten), Indiana (17-8, 1-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 2 -- vs. Indiana (Wilpon Complex), 1 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- For the second straight game, the University of Michigan baseball team had a 2-0 lead in the early going, but Indiana scored 10 straight runs, including a six-run fourth frame, to defeat the Wolverines, 12-5, in the Big Ten opener for both schools Friday afternoon (April 1) at the Wilpon Complex.
The Wolverines struck first with a pair of runs in the second inning. Sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) led off the game with a single to centerfield. He manufactured a run as he stole second and third and went home on a Blake Monar wild pitch. Michigan then used some two-out magic as junior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) singled and scored on junior John Lorenz's (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) double off the wall in left.
Indiana took a 3-2 lead in the top of the third. Michael Basil and Justin Cureton walked to lead off the inning. Dustin DeMuth singled on a bunt and Basil scored on a throwing error from redshirt sophomore Tyler Mills (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant). A run-scoring infield single from Wes Wilson tied the game at two and Alex Dickerson's double to left made it 3-2 Hoosiers.
Indiana put up the six-spot in the fourth, five of which were team unearned runs. T.C. Knipp singled and moved two bases on wild pitches. He scored on a single to third by DeMuth. Wilson reached on a Lorenz fielding error, scoring DeMuth. After Dickerson was intentionally walked, Michigan brought in sophomore relief pitcher Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa). He walked Micah Johnson and Jerrud Sabourin to force in a run. Josh Lyon brought in a pair on a single to left and Knipp singled to center to plate Sabourin, making it 9-2 through three-and-a-half.
Both teams scored single runs in the sixth. Dickerson reached on an infield single, moved to third on a Johnson single and scored on a ground ball fielder's choice to first. Crank and Lorenz singled and doubled, respectively, to lead off the sixth. Crank scored on a groundout from freshman Adam Robinson (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North).
The Maize and Blue cut the IU lead to 10-5 in the eighth. Freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) doubled to start the frame. He scored on a Crank double. With one out, freshman Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) beat out an infield single to put runners on the corners. Lorenz scored on freshman Cole Martin's (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) first hit as a Wolverine.
Indiana scored a pair in the ninth on a sacrifice fly from Basil and a single from DeMuth.
Monar earned the win for the Hoosiers, striking out 10 and allowing five hits and three runs in seven innings of work. Mills was tagged with the loss, allowing four earned runs and seven hits with four walks and strikeouts in 3.2 innings. Ballantine went the rest of the way, striking out three and allowing five runs in 5.1 innings.
Crank led Michigan with three hits and three runs scored on the day. Lorenz added two hits. For Indiana, DeMuth was 4-for-6 with a pair of runs batted in, while Dickerson had a 3-for-4 day with two runs scored.
Michigan continues its three-game Big Ten set with the Hoosiers Saturday afternoon (April 2). First pitch is at 1 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423