April 6, 2011
Site: Mount Pleasant, Mich. (Theunissen Stadium)
Score: Central Michigan 9, Michigan 4
Records: U-M (7-19), CMU (13-17)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 8 -- at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.), 4 p.m.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team gave up six runs in the first three innings in a 9-4 loss to Central Michigan Wednesday afternoon (April 6) at Theunissen Stadium. Michigan scored three runs in the first three innings but was held to just one run on five hits the final six frames.
The Wolverines got on the board first in the top of the second inning. Junior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) led off the inning with a double down the leftfield line. He scored on a single up the middle from freshman Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central). The Chippewas came right back with three in the bottom of the frame. Jordan Dean led off with an infield single and went to third on Nate Theunissen's single through the right side. Redshirt sophomore Tyler Mills (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant), pitching in his hometown, got Sam Russell to foul out but walked Eric Wrozek. Dean scored on a fielder's choice, and a Tyler Hall single brought in Theunissen. The final run came across on a double steal of second and home.
Michigan tied the game in the top of the third. Freshman Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) singled to open the inning and went to second as sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) reached on an error on a sacrifice bunt. Redshirt senior Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) moved both runners over 90 feet, and freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) brought them both in with a single up the middle.
Central Michigan scored the game-winning runs in the bottom of the third. It looked like junior/sophomore Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central) got Sam Arnold out on a great play in the hole, but the out call was reversed to a hit. CMU took advantage as Mat Faiman singled to put runners on the corners and Dean drove them both in with a double in the gap in left. The final run of the inning scored on an error, bringing in Dean.
Both teams scored a single run in the sixth. Krantz scored Lakatos on a two-out single to left in the top half. Arnold singled home Hall with two away in the bottom half of the inning. The Chippewas ended the scoring in the eighth on a Wrozek home run and an Arnold RBI single.
Redshirt freshman Logan McAnallen (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt) took the loss in relief. He gave up three runs and three hits in a third of an inning. Mills started the game, giving up three runs and three hits in two innings. CMU used three pitchers for three innings apiece. Ryan Longstreth earned the win, allowing two earned runs and four hits, while Dietrich Enns picked up his second save, striking out five Wolverines.
Martin and Lakatos led Michigan with two hits apiece, while O'Neill drove in a pair of runs. For Central Michigan, Arnold went 3-for-5 with two RBI.
Michigan opens a three-game set at Purdue this Friday (April 8). First pitch in West Lafayette, Ind., is scheduled for 4 p.m.
N O T E S
Junior catcher/DH Coley Crank, who is hitting .258 (23-for-89), was 1-for-3 Wednesday at Central Michigan with his fourth double in the last four games. He extended his current team-leading hitting streak to seven games.
Crank leads the team with 10 doubles and has 29 career doubles. Crank has 11 extra-base hits (10 doubles and a homer) among his 23 hits this year.
Freshman OF Alex Lakatos, who is hitting .333 (14-for-42), was 2-for-4 while starting in LF Wednesday at CMU. He had a run-scoring single in the second inning to extend his career-best hitting streak to five games. Lakatos has four multi-hit games this season.
Freshman RF Michael O'Neill, who is hitting .311 (32-for-103), was 1-for-4 Wednesday at CMU with a two-run, game-tying single in the third inning. O'Neill has hits in 23 of his 26 games this season and now leads the Wolverines with 13 RBI.
While making his sixth career start, freshman catcher Cole Martin was 2-for-4 at CMU Wednesday as he collected his first multi-hit game as a Wolverine.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423