April 8, 2012
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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Michigan State 10, Michigan 8 (13 innings)
Records: U-M (15-17, 2-4 Big Ten), MSU (19-10, 4-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, April 10 -- vs. Bowling Green (Wilpon Complex), 6:05 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team fell short in its attempt for the three-game sweep over Michigan State on Sunday (April 8), falling, 10-8, in 13 innings at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. Michigan came back to take the lead in the sixth, then broke a tie in the eighth but gave up a run in the ninth and two in the 13th to snap a three-game winning streak.
Sophomore/freshman Jay Perry (Royal Oak, Mich./U of D Jesuit) retired the first batter in the 13th, but Justin Scanlon reached second on an error, then scored on a double from Justin Pickens, who scored on a two-out single by pinch hitter John Martinez.
Michigan took an 8-7 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning as freshman Will Drake (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) singled to right to score classmate Dylan Delaney (Woodland Hills, Calif./Chaminade). In the top of the ninth, Scanlon reached on a one-out single. He went to second as Pickens was hit by a pitch. Freshman Matt Ogden (Aurora, Colo./Smoky Hill) then got Blaise Salter to foul out for the second out but walked pinch hitter Jared Hook to load the bases. Jordan Keur was hit by a pitch to bring in the tying run.
Michigan State got on the board in the first inning with a pair of runs on a Torsten Boss double. MSU made it 3-0 in the second on a run-scoring single from Ryan Jones. Michigan tied it in the bottom of the second as freshman Zach Zott (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) tripled to right to clear the bases, scoring junior/sophomore John DiLaura (Clinton Twp., Mich./Warren DeLa Salle), senior/junior Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central) and sophomore Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia).
The two teams traded runs in the third. Krill scored Joel Fisher with a single in the top half, then senior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) belted his Big Ten-leading seventh home run of the season in the bottom half, making it 4-4.
Michigan State scored on a wild pitch in the fourth and a Jones sacrifice fly in the sixth, but Michigan retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth. The Wolverines loaded the bases as Zott walked, junior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) was hit by a pitch and Drake reached on a fielder's choice. Crank unloaded them with a single to left field, giving the Maize and Blue the 7-6 lead. Michigan State answered with a Pickens home run in the seventh to tie the game at seven.
Crank led the Michigan offense, going 3-for-5 with four runs batted in. Winger added three hits and Zott drove in three. For MSU, Jones was 4-for-5 with two RBI, while four Spartans had two hits apiece.
Perry was tagged with the loss, giving up four hits and two unearned runs with a strikeout in two innings. Ogden went five innings of relief, striking out four and allowing four hits and two runs. Junior Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) started for the Wolverines. He allowed three runs and four hits with a pair of strikeouts in 1.2 innings of work. Tony Wieber earned the win for MSU, striking out four in 3.2 innings. Mike Theodore started for the Spartans, allowing three runs and five hits in 1.1 innings.
Michigan will continue a brief three-game homestand this Tuesday (April 10) against Bowling Green. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.
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