April 17, 2010
Site: Champaign, Ill. (Illinois Field)
Score: Illinois 6, Michigan 2
Records: U-M (22-12, 5-3 Big Ten), Illinois (16-14, 4-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 18 -- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 1:05 p.m. CDT
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Michigan baseball team scored first but came up on the wrong end of a 6-2 decision at Illinois on Saturday afternoon (April 17) at Illinois Field.
Sophomore/freshman pitcher Bobby Brosnahan (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) was perfect through four before Illinois scored five runs, four unearned, in the fifth inning to chase the U-M lefty. Junior pitcher Kolby Wood (Eau Claire, Mich./Berrien Springs) pitched 3.1 innings out of the bullpen, scattering six hits and allowing one run.
Freshman centerfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) sparked the Wolverines to a first-inning lead with a leadoff home run to rightfield. Things continued to go Michigan's way in the bottom of the opening frame as senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School), the Big Ten leader in runners caught stealing, nailed the league's stolen-base leader trying to swipe second base.
A pitchers' duel ensued until three straight bunts to open the fifth inning sparked the five-run Illinois rally and put the Wolverines behind, 5-1. The Fighting Illini loaded the bases again in the following frame and had a run-scoring line drive taken away by a leaping sophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East), who stabbed the ball out of the air and threw to second for the double play.
Michigan got three straight singles with two outs in the eighth inning to pull back to within four. With runners at the corners, sophomore designated hitter Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) swung at the first pitch he saw, driving it into centerfield to score junior leftfielder Ryan LaMarre (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi).
The Wolverines look to take the rubber match on Sunday (April 17) at Illinois at 1:05 p.m. CDT. The game will be available on BigTenNetwork.com (video, fee).
Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423