April 29, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Indiana 11, Michigan 8; Indiana 11, Michigan 5
Records: U-M (17-27, 4-11 Big Ten), IU (22-23, 9-6 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, May 4 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 6:05 p.m. CDT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Despite having 14 hits in each of the two games in the doubleheader, the University of Michigan baseball team was swept by Indiana on Sunday afternoon (April 29) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. The Wolverines fell 11-8 in the first game and 11-5 in the nightcap.
Sam Travis opened the double dip with a home run in the top of the first, giving Indiana a 1-0 lead. Michigan came back to tie the game at one in the bottom of the second on sophomore Brett Winger's (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) fourth home run of the year, this one over the wall in left.
Michigan took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third. Junior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) singled and stole second to open the inning. Junior/sophomore John DiLaura (Clinton Twp., Mich./Warren DeLa Salle) walked and Biondi scored on a single from senior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley). Senior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way-East) brought in DiLaura on a single to right. However, the Hoosiers took the lead for good when they put up seven runs in the fourth. The Hoosiers did it on five hits, three walks and a hit batsman. The Hoosiers scored a run in the fifth on a Justin Cureton single and two in the sixth as Chad Clark doubled in a pair.
In the bottom of the eighth, Lorenz scored on a double-play groundout by freshman Eric Jacobson (Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius). Michigan then put up four runs in the ninth. Freshman Zach Zott (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) singled and moved to third on a Winger double. Both runners trotted home on freshman Kevin White's (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) first collegiate home run, making it 11-8.
White, Winger, Lorenz and Biondi each had two hits for the Maize and Blue, with White driving in three runs. Cureton was 4-for-5, while Clark had three RBI for Indiana. Junior Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) was tagged with the loss, allowing six runs and five hits in three innings. Kyle Hart went six innings with five strikeouts, eight hits and three runs to earn the win for the Hoosiers.
A squeeze bunt from Chris Sujka scored a run for the Hoosiers in the second inning of game two. Michigan came back with a run in the bottom of the frame on back-to-back doubles from Lorenz and White. Indiana then scored four runs in the top of the third on run-scoring singles from Travis and Sujka and a two-run double by Michael Basil. The Wolverines responded with a run in the bottom of the inning when Crank scored on a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the fifth, White hit his second home run of the day, an opposite-field shot to make it 5-3. Michigan then tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. Senior/junior Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central) opened with a single. He went to third on a single from Biondi, who stole second and the throw was wild, scoring Krantz. DiLaura then brought in Biondi with a single to tie the game at five.
The Hoosiers scored the game-winning run in the top of the seventh on a two-out double from Dustin DeMuth. Indiana scored a run in the eighth on a fielder's choice from Kyle Schwarber and put up four in the ninth, three of which were unearned.
White was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-5 with a pair of runs batted in. Biondi, DiLaura, Zott and Krantz had two hits apiece. Cureton was 3-for-5 with two RBI for Indiana. Sophomore Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) took the loss in relief, despite striking out a career-high six batters. He did not allow an earned run in 4.1 innings. Jonny Hoffman earned the win in relief, allowing four hits and two runs in four innings of work.
Michigan will open a three-game series at Iowa this Friday (May 4) starting at 6:05 p.m. CDT.
N O T E S
Freshman RF Kevin White, who is hitting .197 (12-for-61), was 5-for-9 with a double, two home runs and five RBI over the two games. White was 2-for-4 with his first career homer in the opener and he was 3-for-5 with his second homer in the second game.
White, who extended his career personal-best hitting streak to five games, has three multi-hit games as a Wolverine.
Senior co-captain 3B John Lorenz, who is hitting .251 (42-for-167), was 3-for-9 with a double and three walks Sunday. Lorenz was 1-for-3 in the opener and 2-for-4 in the second game as he extended his hitting streak to a season-long six games.
Lorenz has 11 multi-hit games this season and 48 in his career covering 202 games. He has seven doubles this season and 40 in his U-M career.
Junior co-captain CF Patrick Biondi, who is hitting .314 (53-for-169) to lead the team, was 4-for-10 with four singles, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Biondi was 2-for-5 in each game of the doubleheader and he has hits in seven of his last eight games.
Biondi, who leads the team in hits (53), runs scored (37), stolen bases (26) and multi-hit games (16), has 55 career multi-hit games and 144 runs scored in 155 games in his career as a Wolverine.
Biondi, who leads the Wolverines with 26 stolen bases, collected career steals 81 and 82 Sunday. Biondi ranks second on U-M's career stolen-base list, chasing the U-M record of 90 stolen bases held by CF Eric Rose (2004-07).
Sophomore 1B Brett Winger, who is hitting .299 (47-for-157), was 3-for-10 with a double and a homer. Winger leads Michigan with a .362 (21-for-58) average in Big Ten play.
Winger, who is second on the team in hits (47) and RBI (25) and third in homers (4), has 13 multi-hit games this season and he has 17 in 69 games in his U-M career.
Freshman OF/DH Zach Zott, who is hitting .208 (15-for-72), was 3-for-5 in Sunday's doubleheader. Zott was 1-for-1 after entering the opener as a defensive replacement and he was 2-for-4 in the second game after starting in LF.
Zott, who extended his season- and career-best hitting streak to three games in the Sunday twinbill, has four multi-hit games this season.
Senior catcher/1B/DH/LF Coley Crank, who is hitting .240 (36-for-150), was 2-for-7 with two singles, two walks and one RBI in Sunday's doubleheader. Crank was 2-for-4 with a run-scoring single in the opener and he was 0-for-3 with two walks in the second game.
Crank, who leads the team with 33 RBI, has eight multi-hit games this season and 46 for his U-M career in 189 games. He has 141 career RBI.
Junior/sophomore 2B/DH John DiLaura, who is hitting .296 (32-for-108), was 2-for-5 with a run-scoring single in the second game of the doubleheader. He was 0-for-4 with a walk in the opener.
DiLaura, who has reached base in his last 14 games for a personal season and career best, has 10 multi-hit games this season and 14 for his career.
Junior/sophomore OF Kevin Krantz, who is hitting .154 (6-for-39), was 2-for-3 with a run scored as the DH in Sunday's second game. It was his first multi-hit game of the season and Krantz has 10 multi-hit games in 82 games as a Wolverine.
Freshman 2B Eric Jacobson, who is hitting .250 (10-for-40), was 1-for-4 in Sunday's opener as he extended his current hitting streak to four games. He is hitting .353 (6-for-17) during the hit streak.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423
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