Stephens' 10th-Inning Blast Completes Michigan's Comeback at Purdue

April 10, 2011

Box Score | Notes

Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Lambert Field)
Michigan 6, Purdue 5 (10 innings)
Records: U-M (8-21, 2-4 Big Ten), Purdue (20-11, 3-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, April 12 -- vs. Bowling Green (Wilpon Complex), 6:05 p.m.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Redshirt junior Garrett Stephens (Davison, Mich./Davison) hit an opposite field home run in the top of the 10th inning to give the University of Michigan baseball team a 6-5, come-from-behind win at Purdue to conclude the Big Ten series with the Boilermakers on Sunday (April 10) at Lambert Field. Michigan scored four runs in the eighth, used nine innings of strong relief from junior Brandon Sinnery (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) and freshman Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) and turned four double plays on defense to preserve the win.

Stephens led off the 10th inning with a home run to leftfield, his second of the season. That came off the heels of a great defensive play from sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child). With one out and a runner on first in the bottom of the ninth, Barrett Serrato hit a shot to centerfield. Biondi turned around three different times and made an over-the-shoulder catch at the warning track. The U-M defense then doubled up Kevin Plawecki, who was already on third base when Biondi made the catch.

In the Purdue 10th, the first two batted reached base as Andrew Dixon had an infield single and Angelo Cianfrocco reached on an error. Both runners moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt from Stephen Talbott. David Miller battled with Lakatos, but his 11-pitch at-bat ended with a fielder's choice as Stephens gunned down Dixon at the plate. The game ended as Tyler Spillner hit into a fielder's choice to redshirt freshman John DiLaura (Clinton Twp., Mich./Warren dela Salle), who stepped on the bag at second to end the game.

Michigan struck first in the first for a run. Biondi started the game with a single. He went to second on a groundout by redshirt senior Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) and scored on a single by freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty). Purdue came back with five runs in the second. Plawecki was hit by a pitch to start the frame. That was followed by a Serrato single and a Ryan Bridges sacrifice bunt and a throwing error by Michigan redshirt sophomore starting pitcher Tyler Mills (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant), scoring Plawecki. A walk and a single from Talbott brought in the second run. Sinnery came in and gave up a single to Miller and a two-run base hit by Spillner, giving Purdue the 5-1 lead. Sinnery got Plawecki to ground into a double play to end the threat.

The score remained 5-1 until the Michigan eighth. With one out, junior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) singled and moved to second as Lakatos reached on an error. Redshirt sophomore Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central) brought both runners in on a double down the leftfield line. Pinch hitter Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) reached on another Purdue error, scoring Krantz to make it 5-4 Boilermakers. Biondi then tied the game on a single up the middle, scoring freshman pinch runner Adam Robinson (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North).

Purdue had another good chance to score runs in the bottom of the eighth. The Boilermakers loaded the bases with one out, but Lakatos got Serrato to ground into a 1-2-3 double play to end the threat.

Lakatos improved to 2-1 on the mound, going 3.2 innings of relief and allowing three hits and no runs. Sinnery went 5.2 innings, scattering seven hits and no runs with three strikeouts and two walks. The loss went to Sean Collins, who allowed a run and a hit in 1.2 innings. Joe Haase started the game for Purdue, giving up just one run on six hits with seven strikeouts and three walks in seven innings of work.

Biondi went 3-for-4 on the day and hit .538 (7-of-13) on the weekend. Stephens, Krantz and junior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) added two hits apiece for the Maize and Blue. For Purdue, Miller, Spillner, Serrato and Cameron Perkins had two hits apiece.

Michigan will start a six-game home stand this Tuesday (April 12) against Bowling Green. Game time is at 6:05 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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