April 1, 2012
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Metrodome)
Score: Minnesota 4, Michigan 3 (10 innings)
Records: U-M (12-16, 0-3 Big Ten), Minnesota (16-13, 3-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, April 4 -- vs. Central Michigan (Wilpon Complex), 4:05 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The University of Michigan baseball team erased a 3-0 third-inning deficit, before Minnesota's Matt Halloran hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th to lift the Gophers to a 4-3 extra-inning win on Sunday afternoon (April 1) at the Metrodome. The win gave Minnesota the sweep in both team's Big Ten opening series.
Halloran hit the home run to right field with one out off freshman Matt Ogden (Aurora, Colo./Smoky Hill), who fell to 1-2 on the season. Michigan put the first two hitters on base in the top of the 10th as junior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) walked and freshman Will Drake (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) reached on a bunt single. Sophomore Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) moved both runners over on a sacrifice bunt. Minnesota elected to intentionally walk senior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley). Senior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) then grounded into a double play to end the threat.
Minnesota jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first three innings. Michael Handel doubled in a run and Michael Puhl singled Handel in the second inning, giving the Gophers the 2-0 lead. Then in the third, a throwing error by junior starting pitcher Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) scored Halloran.
Freshman Trent Szkutnik (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) came into the third and got the Wolverines out of a second-and-third, no-out jam before allowing just two hits and striking out three in six scoreless innings. Michigan scored a run in the fifth as junior/sophomore John DiLaura (Clinton Twp., Mich./Warren DeLa Salle) singled, moved to third on a Biondi double and scored on a Drake groundout.
Michigan tied the game in the seventh. Freshman Dylan Delaney (Woodland Hills, Calif./Chaminade) led off the inning with a double. DiLaura singled to put runners on second and third. Biondi was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Delaney scored on a Drake double play. O'Neill then beat out an infield single to third, scoring DiLaura to tie the game at three.
Drake and DiLaura had two hits apiece for the Maize and Blue, while Halloran was 3-for-5 for the Gophers. On the mound, Ballantine gave up two earned runs and struck out a pair while walking two and allowing four hits in two-plus innings. Drew Ghelfi earned the win in relief for Minnesota, pitching the top of the 10th. Austin Lubinsky struck out four, allowing five hits and a run in six innings of work.
Michigan returns to Ann Arbor to host in-state foe Central Michigan this Wednesday (April 4) at 4:05 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423
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