April 4, 2010
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Sembower Field)
Score: Indiana 26, Michigan 6
Records: U-M (15-10, 2-1 Big Ten), Indiana (13-13, 1-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, April 7 -- vs. Central Michigan (Wilpon Baseball Complex), 3:05 p.m. (Webcast: BigTenNetwork.com)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The University of Michigan baseball team came up short in its bid to sweep Indiana in the Big Ten opening weekend, falling to the Hoosiers, 26-6, on Sunday (April 4) at Sembower Field.
Senior/junior second baseman/shortstop Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) went 2-for-4 with a triple and a pair of runs. Ssophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and senior leftfielder/second baseman Mike Kittle (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) joined Toth with two hits each.
The Wolverines opened the game with a 1-0 lead in the first on a groundout by sophomore designated hitter/catcher Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) to knock in Toth from third base. The lead quickly disappeared as the Hoosier bats came alive in the bottom half of the inning to score six. Michigan lessened the damage by scoring one in the second on a sacrifice fly off the bat of freshman shortstop Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central).
Toth collected a triple with a deep hit to left-centerfield in the sixth inning, setting up senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) to drive him in. Kittle scored in the seventh and junior pitcher Travis Smith (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin) singled in his first career plate appearance, scoring as part of a two-run eighth inning.
The Wolverines return home Wednesday (April 7) for a non-conference battle with Central Michigan at 3:05 p.m. at the Wilpon Baseball Complex.
Senior C Chris Berset was 1-for-3 to extend his current team-leading hitting streak to 10 games.
Senior LF/2B Mike Kittle was 2-for-4 to extend his career-best hitting streak to seven games. Kittle has five of his six career multi-hit games this season.
Sophomore 3B John Lorenz was 2-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to four games. Lorenz has nine multi-hit games this season and 15 for his career.
The 26 runs scored by Indiana are the most allowed by the Wolverines since a 26-8 loss to Minnesota on April 15, 2001.
Indiana's 11-run fourth-inning rally marked the most runs allowed in an inning by the Wolverines since Michigan State scored 11 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning in a 14-5 loss on May 6, 1984.
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