U-M Opens Homestand with Setback against Eastern Michigan
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April 18, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Eastern Michigan 7, Michigan 2
Records: U-M (16-22), EMU (17-19)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 20 -- vs. Northwestern (Wilpon Complex), 6:05 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team opened its seven-game homestand with a 7-2 loss to Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night (April 18) at the Wilpon Complex. Eastern Michigan scored all seven runs in the first four innings of play.

The Eagles opened the scoring in the first, plating two runs. Freshman Trent Szkutnik (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) had two outs and a runner on first but gave up consecutive singles to Jesse Simpson and Lee Longo, scoring a run. Simpson then scored on a wild pitch, making it 2-0 Eagles.

Michigan answered with a run in the second. Junior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) opened with a single and went to second on a single from senior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley). Biondi stole third and scored on a fielder's choice by sophomore Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia), cutting the EMU lead to 2-1. However, Eastern scored a pair in the third on a two-run single by Sam Ott. The Eagles then put three runs across in the fourth on an RBI double from Austin Williams, a passed ball and a double-play grounder that plated Williams.

Michigan looked to start a rally in the bottom of the third as Biondi walked and junior/sophomore John DiLaura (Clinton Twp., Mich./Warren DeLa Salle) singled. Both runners were off on a hit and run by Crank, but Ben Magsig grabbed the hard liner, tagged Biondi and threw out DiLaura at first for a triple play.

Michigan did put a run across in the eighth. Biondi and DiLaura both singled to open the inning. Biondi went to third on Crank's flyout and scored on a balk by Paul Schaak.

Biondi and DiLaura had two hits to lead U-M, while Biondi scored two runs. Michigan's defense also turned four double plays. For Eastern Michigan, Longo and Williams had two hits apiece.

Szkutnik took the loss, allowing an earned run and two hits with a pair of strikeouts in an inning. Junior/sophomore Logan McAnallen (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt), sophomore Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) and freshman Matt Ogden (Aurora, Colo./Smoky Hill) combined to pitch six innings of scoreless relief.

Michigan starts a three-game Big Ten series against Northwestern this Friday (April 20) at 6:05 at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423


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