April 15, 2012
Site: State College, Pa. (Medlar Field at Lubrano Park)
Score: Penn State 6, Michigan 4
Records: U-M (16-21, 3-6 Big Ten), PSU (15-20, 4-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, April 18 -- vs. Eastern Michigan (Wilpon Complex), 6:05 p.m.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The University of Michigan baseball team fell to Penn State, 6-4, on Sunday afternoon (April 15) at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Michigan took a 4-3 lead in the seventh, but the Nittany Lions scored four runs in the next two frames to take the series two games to one.
Penn State used two-out magic to score a run in the second. Luis Montesinos walked with two away. He went to third on a JJ White single and scored on an infield single by JC Coban. The Nittany Lions scored an unearned run in the sixth as Jordan Steranka reached on an error, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single from Aaron Novak.
Michigan took a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh. Senior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) singled with one out. He went to third as sophomore Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) hit a ground-rule double to the gap in left field. Crank scored on a groundout to short by senior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East). Sophomore Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) tied the game at two with a triple over the Nittany Lion outfield in left. Freshman Zach Zott (Lake Orion, MIch./Lake Orion) then gave the Maize and Blue the lead as his bunt single scored Martin.
Penn State came right back with three in the bottom of the seventh. Coban doubled with one out and trotted home on a two-run home run to the gap in right. Steve Snyder was hit by a pitch, stole second, moved to third on a throwing error and scored on a balk.
Michigan cut the lead to 5-4 in the eighth as junior/sophomore John DiLaura (Clinton Twp., MIch./Warren DeLa Salle) walked, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Winger single. Penn State ended the scoring in the eighth on Steranka's third home run of the series.
Winger, Zott and Crank had two hits apiece for Michigan, while Coban had two hits and Sean Deegan drove in a pair for Penn State.
Junior Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) started the game for the Wolverines. He allowed three hits and an earned run with a pair of strikeouts and a pair of walks in six innings. Lakatos took the loss, allowing a pair of hits and earned runs in two-thirds of an inning. Steven Hill picked up the win for Penn State, striking out four and allowing seven hits and three runs in seven innings.
Michigan will start a seven-game homestand this Wednesday (April 17) against Eastern Michigan. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423