Clark's Pitching, O'Neill's Longball Give U-M Doubleheader Split at Iowa

April 23, 2011

Boxscores: Game 1 | Game 2
Postgame Notes
• Postgame Audio: Kyle Clark

Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Duane Banks Field)
Iowa 13, Michigan 7; Michigan 2, Iowa 1
Records: U-M (12-25, 5-6 Big Ten), Iowa (15-21, 4-7 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 24 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 1:05 p.m. CDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Michigan baseball team split a doubleheader at Iowa, falling in the first game, 13-7, before winning the nightcap, 2-1, on Saturday (April 23) at Duane Banks Field. In the game-two victory, sophomore Kyle Clark (Portage, Mich./Portage Northern) allowed just one run and struck out four in 7.2 innings of work and freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) broke a 1-1 deadlock with a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning.

Clark gave up a run to the Hawkeyes in the first as Trevor Willis singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Kyle Haen and scored on a Mike MacQuillan single. That was the only run the Hawkeyes scored in the game, as Clark scattered nine hits and walked just one batter to earn his second win of the season.

Michigan tied the game in the fifth. Junior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) doubled with one out. He tried to score on a single from redshirt senior Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius), but Willis threw him out at the plate as Iowa kept its one-run lead. Michigan did score as the next hitter, freshman Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn), singled to center to score Toth.

O'Neill hit the game-winner, a home run to the jet stream in rightfield, with one out in the eighth inning.

Michigan's defense executed two big double plays in the win. In the sixth, MacQuillan singled with one out, but a 5-4-3 twin killing off the bat of Bryan Niedbalski ended the threat. Then in the seventh, Phil Keppler singled and moved to second on a Chett Zeise sacrifice bunt. Tyson Blaser singled to put runners on the corners with one out, but Clark induced Taylor Zeutenhorst into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

Freshman Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) relieved Clark with two outs and runners on first and second in the eighth. He struck out Niedbalski, then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his second save of the season.

The bottom three of the Michigan lineup (Lorenz, Toth and Martin) had two hits apiece for the Maize and Blue. O'Neill also had two hits in the win. MacQuillan and Blaser had two hits apiece for Iowa.

Matt Dermody was tagged with loss, striking out eight and allowing two runs and 10 hits in 8.2 innings.

Michigan raced out to a 6-0 lead in game one after three innings, but Iowa scored 11 runs in the middle three frames, including a seven-run fourth to win the opener.

The Wolverines scored five runs in the second. Junior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley), Lakatos and sophomore Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) all singled to lead off the inning. Lorenz brought a run home with a sacrifice fly to center. Freshman Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) reloaded the bases with an infield single and Toth unloaded them with a double to the gap in right. Toth scored the fifth run of the inning on a Jarred Hippen wild pitch. Lorenz brought in a run in the third on a groundout that scored Crank, who walked to open the inning.

Iowa sent 11 men to the plate in the fourth to take a 7-6 lead. MacQuillan led off the inning with a home run off redshirt sophomore Bobby Brosnahan (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer). Niedbalski singled and went to second on a Blaser walk. After a flyout by Zeise, Brosnahan hit Kasey Carling and walked Keith Brand to bring in a run.

Sophomore Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) came in and hit Zack McCool to score Blaser, making it 6-3. Willis doubled in two runs and MacQuillan plated a pair with a double, giving the Hawkeyes the one-run lead.

Michigan tied the game at seven in the fifth as O'Neill singled, stole second and went to third on an error by Kurt Lee and scored on a Dennis single.

Iowa took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth. Zeise walked off freshman Jake Engels (Portage, Mich./Portage Central). With two outs, Keppler singled home Zeise. Keppler came home on a McCool single and McCool crossed the plate as Willis singled. Iowa added insurance with a run in the sixth on a Zeise sacrifice fly and two runs in the eighth on a Niedbalski home run.

Engels took the loss in relief, allowing three runs and three hits in 1.1 innings. Brosnahan gave up five runs and three hits with four walks and three strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work. Hippen earned the win, allowing six earned runs and 11 hits with six strikeouts and three walks in 6.2 innings of work. Tim Fangman struck out a pair to pick up his second save.

Dennis was a perfect 3-for-3 with a run batted in, while Toth and Lakatos had two hits apiece. Toth also drove in three runs. Eight of Michigan's nine starters had a hit, except for Lorenz, who drove in two runs.

MacQuillan was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI, while Willis also drove in three runs.

The two teams will play the rubber match of the three-game series Sunday afternoon (April 24) at 1:05 p.m. CDT in Iowa City.


• With Saturday's split, Michigan remains tied for sixth place in the Big Ten standings with Illinois, Minnesota and Northwestern at 5-6.

• Sophomore RHP Kyle Clark (2-4, 3.59 ERA) allowed one earned run and nine hits in 7.2 innings pitched in Saturday's second game to get the win over Iowa. He has two career wins as a Wolverine.

• Freshman RF Michael O'Neill, who is hitting .306 (45-for-147) to lead the team, was 3-for-8 in Saturday's doubleheader with his solo home run in the eighth inning of the second game, snapping a 1-1 tie and proving to be his second game-winning run batted in of the season. O'Neill leads the Wolverines with 19 RBI.

• O'Neill had a single and a run scored in the opener and was 2-for-4 with a first-inning double and his second homer of the year in the second game. O'Neill has a four-game hitting streak with hits in 31 of his 37 games this season. He has 11 multi-hit games this season.

• Freshman RHP/DH Alex Lakatos (2-1, 5.53 ERA, two saves), who started both games as designated hitter, retired all four batters he faced in Saturday's second game to notch his second save of the year. Lakatos, who is hitting .289 (24-for-83), was 2-for-8 and was 2-for-4 in the opener for his sixth multi-hit game of the season.

• Sophomore SS Derek Dennis, who was making his debut in Big Ten play this weekend, was 3-for-3 with a double and a hit-by-pitch in the opener and was 0-for-4 in the second game. Dennis is hitting .282 (24-for-85) and has eight multi-hit games in 2011 and 21 career multi-hit games.

• Dennis has four of his six career three-hit games this season.

• Junior catcher/OF/DH Coley Crank, who is hitting .260 (34-for-131), was 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored in the first game and was 0-for-4 in the second game.

• Crank has hits in 15 of his last 18 games and leads the team with four home runs and 12 doubles this season. Half of Crank's 34 hits have been for extra bases (17), including 12 doubles, one triple and four homers.

• Sophomore CF Patrick Biondi, who is hitting .304 (45-for-148), was 2-for-9 in Saturday's doubleheader. Biondi had singles in each game, extending his current personal season-best hitting streak to 10 games. Biondi is hitting .400 (16-for-40) with seven stolen bases and nine runs scored during his streak.

• Junior 3B John Lorenz, who is hitting .234 (33-for-141) for the season, was 2-for-7 in Saturday's doubleheader . He was 0-for-3 with a pair of RBI in the opener and was 2-for-4 with a double in the second game. Lorenz has seven doubles for the year and 29 for his U-M career. Lorenz has 35 career multi-hit games as a Wolverine.

• Senior co-captain 2B/SS Anthony Toth, who is hitting .210 (29-for-138), was 4-for-8 in Saturday's doubleheader. Toth was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in each game. Toth had a three-run double in the five-run second-inning rally in the first game. Toth has 50 career multi-hit games.

• Freshman catcher Cole Martin, who is hitting .265 (9-for-34), was 2-for-4 with a run-scoring single as the starting catcher in Saturday's second game. Martin's single in the fifth inning tied the game 1-1 in the eventual 2-1 Wolverine win. Martin has a pair of two-hit games this season.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

Sign up for Michigan Insider to be the first to learn about 2018 Michigan baseball ticket opportunities.