DiLaura Delivers Walk-Off Hit to Lift U-M Over Northwestern
John DiLaura

April 22, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Michigan 5, Northwestern 4
Records: U-M (17-24, 4-8 Big Ten), NU (13-23, 5-10 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 27 -- vs. Indiana (Wilpon Complex), 7 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior/sophomore John DiLaura (Clinton Twp., Mich./Warren DeLa Salle) hit a 3-2 pitch into centerfield to score freshman Dylan Delaney (Woodland Hills, Calif./Chaminade) and lift the University of Michigan baseball team to a 5-4 walk-off win over Northwestern Sunday afternoon (April 22) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.

Delaney led off the Michigan ninth and was hit on a 1-0 pitch by Wildcat reliever Kyle Ruchim. Delaney moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from junior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) and scored on DiLaura's game-winning hit.

Michigan answered with four runs in the bottom of the third. Delaney and Biondi opened the inning with singles. DiLaura then hit into a fielder's choice, but in trying to turn a double play, Ruchim's throw hit Biondi's helmet at second, allowing Delaney to score. Senior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) then walked, and both runners on base trotted home as sophomore Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) homered to the gap in left, his third of the season, making it 4-2 Maize and Blue.

It stayed 4-2 until the top of the seventh when Nick Linne singled, went to second as Jake Straub was hit by a pitch, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a Zach Morton groundout. The Wildcats tied the game in the eighth on Ruchim's second home run of the day. Northwestern had a runner on second and one out when Paul Snieder hit a deep fly to center, but Biondi made a great catch, crashing into the wall to keep the game tied at four.

Delaney was 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Winger had two hits and three RBI. For Northwestern, Havey and Ruchim had two hits apiece.

The win went to senior Kevin Vangheluwe (St. Clair Shores, Mich./Lakeshore), who retired the last Wildcat in the ninth. Freshman Trent Szkutnik (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) tied a career high with eight strikeouts in six-plus innings of work. He gave up four hits and three earned runs with a pair of walks. Ruchim took the loss for Northwestern, allowing two hits and a run with a strikeout in 1.1 innings pitched.

Michigan will continue the homestand on Friday (April 27) against Indiana. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium, and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.


• Junior/sophomore 2B/DH John DiLaura, who is hitting .302 (29-for-96), was 1-for-5 Sunday, and his run-scoring single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning proved to be his first career game-winning RBI as a Wolverine.

• DiLaura has reached base in his last 11 games for a personal season best.

• Freshman SS Dylan Delaney, who is hitting .204 (29-for-142), was 3-for-3 with three singles and a hit by a pitch. He scored two runs, including the walk-off game-winner with one out in the ninth inning.

• Delaney, who is hitting .255 (13-for-51) in Big Ten play, collected his first career three-hit game Sunday. He has seven multi-hit games this season.

• Sophomore 1B Brett Winger, who is hitting .308 (44-for-143), was 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI. Winger hit .571 (8-for-14) in the three-game series vs. Northwestern, and he leads Michigan with a .409 (18-for-44) average in Big Ten play.

• Winger, who is second on the team in hits (44) and third in homers (3) and RBI (24), has 12 multi-hit games this season and 16 for his U-M career.

• Junior co-captain CF/2B Patrick Biondi, who is hitting .316 (49-for-155), was 1-for-3 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt that helped set up the winning rally in the ninth inning. Biondi's third-inning single extended his current hitting streak to five games.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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