Wolverines Surrender Lead in Three-Run EMU Ninth

April 20, 2011

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Baseball Complex)
Eastern Michigan 3, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (11-24), Eastern Michigan (21-15)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 22 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 6:05 p.m. CDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team held a 1-0 lead heading into the top of the ninth, but Eastern Michigan scored three runs in the frame to defeat the Wolverines, 3-1, on Wednesday night (April 20) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.

Michigan held a 1-0 lead on a sixth-inning run-scoring triple from junior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) that scored freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty). O'Neill walked to open the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from redshirt sophomore Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central) and scored on Crank's hit to straightaway centerfield.

Michigan did not allow a hit through 4.2 innings and gave up just two hits through eight frames but ran into trouble in the ninth. Brett Ohrman led off with a single to rightfield. He moved to second on a Daniel Russell sacrifice bunt. Freshman Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) then walked Ben Magsig and gave up a single to Zack Leonard to load the bases. Rob Wendzicki tied the game at one on a single to right. Tucker Rubino then hit a grounder to short. Sophomore Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) touched second and threw to first, but the throw was low and could not be scooped up by freshman Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia). Two runs scored on that play, giving EMU a 3-1 lead.

The two pitching staffs were the story, combining to allow just 11 hits in the game and three through the first five innings. Kristian Calibuso earned the win for EMU, striking out four in the final 1.1 innings of work. Lakatos was tagged with the loss, giving up three hits and three runs in 2.2 innings with a walk and a strikeout. Michigan's first three pitchers, sophomore Kyle Clark (Portage, Mich./Portage Central), freshman Jake Engels (Portage, Mich./Portage Northern) and redshirt freshman Logan McAnallen (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt), combined to allow just two hits with six strikeouts in the first 6.1 innings.

O'Neill had two of Michigan's six hits on the day. Rubino had two runs batted in for the Eagles.

Michigan now starts a six-game road trip, beginning with a three-game set against the Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City, Iowa. Game one is Friday (April 22) at 6:05 p.m. CDT.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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