April 13, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Baseball Complex)
Score: Toledo 3, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (9-22), Toledo (18-15)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 15 -- vs. Illinois (Wilpon Complex), 6:05 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) belted his third home run of the season, but a three-run second inning for Toledo held up and the University of Michigan baseball team fell, 3-1, on Wednesday night (April 13) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.
A night after pounding out 16 hits in a win over Bowling Green, the Toledo staff (Jared Locke, Tyler Scott, Adam Tyson) limited Michigan to just a run on four hits with four strikeouts. The lone run for the Maize and Blue occurred in the bottom of the second when Crank ripped a shot to the gap in leftfield. Crank now has 14 runs batted in on the season to go with his three home runs.
In the top of the second, freshman starting pitcher Jake Engels (Portage, Mich./Portage Northern) walked Mark Lapikas and gave up an infield single to Matt Delewski. Both runners moved up 90 feet on a passed ball. Jeff Cola brought in Lapikas on a sacrifice fly. Toledo put runners on the corners on a Joe Corfman single, and back-to-back singles from James Miglan and Wes White scored two more runs in the frame.
The U-M pitchers were sharp the rest of the way. Engels struck out four, giving up five hits and three run in five innings of work. Redshirt freshman Logan McAnallen (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt) and redshirt sophomore Tyler Mills (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) combined to give up just two hits in the final four innings.
Michigan's best chance to score in the late innings happened in the eighth. Scott retired the first two Wolverines but gave up a single to redshirt senior Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) and a walk to sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child). Redshirt sophomore Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central) squared up a 1-0 pitch to leftfield. Tyler Grogg came in on the ball and then had to come back and make a leaping catch to keep the game at 3-1.
The 8-9 hitters in the Rockets lineup (Miglan and White) had two hits apiece. Locke went seven innings, allowing just three hits and a run with three strikeouts and a pair of walks. Tyson picked up his second save of the season, pitching a perfect ninth inning.
Michigan opens a three-game Big Ten series this Friday (April 15) against Illinois. Game time is at 6:05 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423