April 7, 2012
Site: East Lansing, Mich. (McLane Stadium)
Score: Michigan 4, Michigan State 3
Records: U-M (15-16, 2-3 Big Ten), MSU (18-10, 2-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 8 -- vs. Michigan State (Wilpon Complex), 3 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team scored two runs apiece in the fifth and sixth innings and the pitching duo of freshman Trent Szkutnik (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) and sophomore Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) allowed just two earned runs as the Wolverines defeated Michigan State, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon (April 7) at McLane Stadium. Michigan has now won three games in a row as the Maize and Blue clinches a series win over the in-state rival.
Michigan State scored the game's first run in the second inning. Justin Scanlon reached on a one-out single. He went to third on a passed ball and throwing error and scored as Blaise Salter singled to left. Salter drove in his second run in the fourth as his single brought in Joel Fisher.
Michigan opened its scoring in the fifth. Junior/sophomore John DiLaura (Clinton Twp., Mich./Warren DeLa Salle) walked and went to second on a single from freshman Zach Zott (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion). Both runners moved up a base on junior Patrick Biondi's (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) groundout and the pair scored on a single from freshman Dylan Delaney (Woodland Hills, Calif./Chaminade), tying the game at two. Michigan State took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth on a wild pitch and two throwing errors, scoring Jordan Keur.
The Maize and Blue took the lead for good in the sixth. Freshman Will Drake (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) singled and stole second. Drake went to third on a single from senior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and scored on a fielder's choice from sophomore Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn). Martin went to third on a DiLaura single and scored on a base hit by senior/junior Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central), giving the Wolverines a 4-3 lead.
Michigan State threatened in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, pinch hitter Ryan Krill walked. Andrew Cheky then hit a double into the gap in right field. Krill tried to score from first, but Biondi got the ball into DiLaura at second. His throw to Martin was in time to get Krill at the plate and keep the one-run lead. The Spartans had a runner on third in the eighth, but Lakatos induced Cheky into a pop up to end that threat. In the ninth, Lakatos retired the first two batters, but a Torsten Boss pop up fell for an infield hit. Lakatos rebounded and struck out pinch hitter Jared Hook to end the game.
Szkutnik went the first five-plus innings, earning the victory. He struck out a pair and gave up nine hits and three runs (two earned) without a walk. Lakatos earned his second save of the season, striking out two and giving up four hits and two walks with no runs in four innings of work. Andrew Waszak was the losing pitcher, giving up four runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and a walk in 5.2 innings.
Delaney, Drake, DiLaura and Zott each had three hits apiece for Michigan, while Delaney drove in a pair of runs. For Michigan State, five Spartans had two hits apiece.
Michigan and Michigan State close out the Big Ten series Sunday afternoon (April 8) at 3 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423