April 9, 2011
Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Lambert Field)
Score: Purdue 4, Michigan 2
Records: U-M (7-21, 1-4 Big Ten), Purdue (20-10, 3-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 10 -- at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.), 1 p.m.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The University of Michigan baseball team saw its two-run lead slip away in a four-run Purdue seventh, resulting a 4-2 loss in game two of a three-game Big Ten series Saturday afternoon (April 9) at Lambert Field. The game was televised on the Big Ten Network.
Michigan led 2-0 with redshirt sophomore starting pitcher Bobby Brosnahan (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) throwing six stellar innings. Brosnahan walked Sean McHugh to start the seventh. David Miller then laid down a sacrifice bunt. Brosnahan tried to get the lead runner at second, but the throw was wide, putting two runners on with no one out. Eric Charles loaded the bases with a bunt single. Michigan brought in freshman Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central), who gave up back-to-back singles to Stephen Talbott and Cameron Perkins to tie the game at two. The Boilermakers used two straight sacrifice flies from Kevin Plawecki and Barrett Serrato to give Purdue the 4-2 advantage.
Michigan came right out and scored a run in the first. Sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) took Brad Schreiber's first pitch for a single through the right side. Schreiber walked redshirt senior Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) and both runners moved up 90 feet on a single from freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty). Biondi trotted home on a sacrifice fly from junior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) for the early 1-0 lead.
The Maize and Blue kept the 1-0 lead in the third as Biondi threw out Charles at the plate on a Perkins single from the third out of the inning. Purdue returned the favor in the top of the fourth. Redshirt junior Garrett Stephens (Davison, Mich./Davison) singled with two outs. Redshirt sophomore Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central) then looked to hit a pop fly to second for the third out, but Charles and Serrato missed the ball. Charles came up with the ball and threw to home to get Stephens out at the plate.
Michigan did take a 2-0 lead in the sixth. Junior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) singled to lead off the inning. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Lorenz and scored on Lakatos' double down the leftfield line.
Brosnahan struck out four, giving up five hits and three runs with three walks in six-plus innings of work. He allowed just two base runners to reach third before the seventh frame. The win went to Blake Mascarello in relief. He allowed a hit and struck out two in 2.2 innings. Schreiber went the first six innings, striking out seven and allowing six hits and two runs with two walks.
O'Neill led the Michigan offense with two hits on the day. For Purdue, Perkins was 3-for-3 and now has five hits and five runs batted in the series.
Michigan and Purdue will end its series this Sunday (April) 10 at 1 p.m.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423