Krantz's Homer Lifts Wolverines in Opener, U-M Falls to Indiana in Nightcap

April 2, 2011

• Boxscores: Game 1 | Game 2
• Photos: Game 1
Postgame Notes | Highlights

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Michigan 3, Indiana 2; Indiana 10, Michigan 3
Records: U-M (7-18, 1-2 Big Ten), Indiana (18-9, 2-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, April 6 -- at Central Michigan (Mt. Pleasant, Mich.), 3:05 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Redshirt sophomore Kevin Krantz's (Traverse City, Mich./Central) first career home run lifted the University of Michigan baseball team to a 3-2 win over Indiana in game one of a doubleheader, before the Hoosiers prevailed in the nightcap, 10-3, on Saturday (April 2) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. The teams were originally slated to play one game on both Saturday and Sunday (April 3), but a poor weather forecast for tomorrow created a doubleheader today.

Indiana took a 2-0 lead in the first game in the third inning. Michael Basil led off with a single through the left side. He moved to second on a T.C. Knipp walk. Redshirt sophomore starting pitcher Bobby Brosnahan (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) got the lead runner, Basil, on a bunt and got Dustin DeMuth to fly out. Wes Wilson loaded the bases on a single and Alex Dickerson had the big hit, a two-run single just over the head of Krantz at shortstop.

Brosnahan put up zeroes the rest of the way. He scattered eight hits, giving up just the two runs with four strikeouts and two walks in 6.1 innings.

Michigan cut the lead to 2-1 in the fourth. Freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) singled with one out and went to third on a double from junior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley). O'Neill trotted home on junior John Lorenz's (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) sacrifice fly.

Indiana had something going in the seventh. Knipp walked and Justin Cureton was hit by a pitch to start the frame. DeMuth moved both runners over on a sacrifice bunt. Freshman Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) came in with Wilson at the plate. The Indiana catcher scorched a liner to third, but Lorenz made a great grab and touched third for the double play to end the inning.

Redshirt junior Garrett Stephens (Davison, Mich./Davison) started the seventh by reaching on an error from Indiana pitcher Chad Martin, who missed the bag at first on the flip from Jerrud Sabourin. Redshirt sophomore Tyler Mills (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) moved Stephens over on the sacrifice bunt. Stephens moved to third on a wild pitch, which set up Krantz's heroics. Krantz hit a 3-1 pitch over the elevated wall in leftfield, giving the Maize and Blue the 3-2 lead. Lakatos retired the next six in a row to preserve the win.

Krantz joined Crank as Wolverines with two hits apiece. For Indiana, Wilson, Dickerson and Sabourin had two hits.

Lakatos earned his first win in a Michigan uniform, striking out a pair in 2.2 innings of work. Martin was tagged with the loss, going the whole way for the Hoosiers and allowing six hits and two earned runs with no walks or strikeouts.

The nightcap opened with a hailstorm and the Maize and Blue scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. Sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) opened with a walk. Redshirt senior Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) then hit a sharp grounder to second. Johnson made a great play to get the ball to DeMuth at short, but Biondi was ruled safe, then the shortstop's throw was wild, allowing both runners to move up 90 feet. O'Neill grounded out to short to score Biondi, and Toth scored on a wild pitch.

In the Indiana second, Sabourin reached on an error from sophomore Kyle Clark (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) to start the frame. He traded places with Josh Lyon on a fielder's choice. Lyon stole second and scored on a Knipp double. Casey Smith doubled home Knipp to tie the game and DeMuth brought in the game-winning run on a double to the gap in leftfield.

In the third, the Hoosiers scored four unearned runs off two Michigan errors. Dickerson reached on a Toth error to lead off. Dickerson moved up on a sacrifice bunt and went to third on a Clark balk. Sabourin was hit by a pitch. He went to third and Dickerson scored on a Stephens' error at first. Indiana executed a double steal to take a 5-2 lead. Indiana added two more in the inning as Cureton singled through the left side to score Lyon and Knipp.

A Sabourin RBI single in the fourth made it 8-2 Hoosiers. Michigan got one back in the fifth. Mills was hit by a pitch to lead off. He went to second on a Lakatos single and moved to third on a fielder's choice off the bat of Biondi. Mills scored on a wild pitch from Matt Dearden.

Indiana scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Johnson's sacrifice fly in the sixth scored Wilson, while Cureton's first career home run in the seventh ended the runs for the series.

Dearden picked up the win for IU, striking out three and allowing four hits and one earned run in six innings. Ryan Halstead got his fifth save of the year, pitching the final three innings of the game. He allowed three hits and a walk with no runs. Clark got the loss, giving up three hits and an earned run with four strikeouts in 2.1 innings.

Lakatos went 3-for-4 in the second game, while Sabourin, Knipp, Smith and Cureton had two hits apiece for Indiana. Cureton also drove in three runs.

Michigan starts a four-game road trip this Wednesday (April 6) at Central Michigan. First pitch between the Wolverines and the Chippewas is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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