April 14, 2012
Site: State College, Pa. (Medlar Field at Lubrano Park)
Score: Penn State 14, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (16-20, 3-5 Big Ten), PSU (14-20, 3-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 15 -- at Penn State (State College, Pa.), 1:05 p.m.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The University of Michigan baseball team succumbed to Penn State's 17-hit outburst Saturday afternoon (April 14) in a 14-1 loss at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Penn State scored runs in six of eight innings and Jordan Steranka had two home runs. U-M and PSU each have a win in the series with the rubber match set for Sunday (April 15).
Joey DeBernardis tripled to score Sean Deegan, giving Penn State a 1-0 lead in the first. The Nittany Lions then scored five in the second, keyed by a three-run home run by Steranka. Penn State made it 7-0 in the fourth on a double from DeBernardis that scored Steve Snyder.
Michigan scored its run in the top of the fifth. Senior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) led off the inning with a triple. He scored on a sacrifice fly from junior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child). Penn State came back to score a pair in the bottom of the frame on an RBI triple from JC Coban and a run-scoring single by Deegan. Steranka led off the sixth with his second home run of the day and the Nittany Lions finished the scoring with four runs in the eighth.
DeBernardis was 4-for-5 with three RBI for Penn State, while Deegan, Steranka and Coban had three hits apiece. Senior/junior Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central) had his first double of the season, while Lorenz tripled for the second time this year.
Freshman Trent Szkutnik (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) was tagged with the loss, allowing five hits and six runs with a strikeout and three walks in two innings. Freshman James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) struck out three and gave up five hits and two earned runs in 2.1 innings, while sophomore/freshman Jay Perry (Royal Oak, Mich./U of D Jesuit) had a pair of strikeouts in an inning of relief. Joe Kurrasch earned the win for Penn State, allowing four hits and a run with three strikeouts and seven walks in seven innings.
Michigan and Penn State wrap up the three-game series this Sunday afternoon (April 15) at 1:05 p.m. at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423