Michigan Drops Two Extra-Inning One-Run Games at Ohio State

April 30, 2011

• Boxscores: Game 1 | Game 2

Site: Columbus, Ohio (Bill Davis Stadium)
Score: Ohio State 7, Michigan 6 (11 innings); Ohio State 4, Michigan 3 (10 innings)
Records: U-M (13-28, 6-9 Big Ten), Ohio State (19-18, 9-6 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, May 3 -- vs. Notre Dame (Wilpon Complex), 6:05 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The University of Michigan baseball team and Ohio State played 21 innings of baseball this Saturday (April 30) with the Wolverines coming up short 7-6 in 11 innings in the opener and 4-3 in 10 innings in the nightcap at Bill Davis Stadium.

For the second straight game, Michigan plated a run in the first. Sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) doubled to open the game and advanced to third on an error by rightfielder Brian DeLucia. Biondi scored on a groundout from redshirt sophomore Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central).

The score remained the same until the bottom of the fourth. Ryan Cypret opened the inning by doubling to the gap in rightfield. Junior starter Brandon Sinnery (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) hit Jose Dezse and both runners moved up 90 feet on a Matt Streng sacrifice bunt. Sinnery walked Brad Hallberg to load the bases and Cypret crossed home plate on sacrifice fly off the bat of David Corna. Greg Solomon gave the Buckeyes the 2-1 lead with a single through the left side, scoring Dezse.

Michigan wasted no time in retaking the lead, scoring a pair of runs in the fifth. Ohio State starting pitcher Brett McKinney walked freshman Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) and Biondi with one out. Freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) hit a Texas Leaguer over Dezse's head to plate Martin and tie the game at two. Junior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) gave the Maize and Blue the 3-2 lead on single to left.

In the eighth, Ohio State tied the game at three on an unearned run. Dezse singled with one out. Matt Streng hit into a fielder's choice, but Dezse was safe at second on a dropped throw from redshirt senior Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius). Hallberg walked to load the bases and Dezse scored on a single from Corna.

Michigan came through with three runs in the top of the ninth. Martin reached on a Streng error to open the inning. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Krantz grounded out and O'Neill looked to ground out to end the inning, but Streng threw the ball away, allowing freshman pinch runner Adam Robinson (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) to score. Crank then belted a two-run home run to left, his fifth of the season, to make it 6-3 Wolverines.

In the bottom of the ninth, Tyler Engle, Brian DeLucia and Tim Wetzel all singled off freshman Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) to open the inning. Engle came home on Wetzel's single and a pair of runs scored on a Dezse double, tying the game at six. Dezse was thrown out trying to go to third. Lakatos got Streng to pop out to send the game into extra innings.

In the bottom of the 11th, DeLucia opened with a single off freshman Jake Engels (Portage, Mich./Portage Northern). He went to second on a Wetzel sacrifice bunt. Engels got Cypret to ground out and intentionally walked Dezse. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and the winning run came across as Strang grounded to short. Sophomore Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) made a great diving stop but could not throw out Strang at first, ending the game.

Crank was 3-for-4 with three runs batted in in game one, while Toth had two hits and Biondi scored a pair of runs. For Ohio State, Dezse was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Corna drove in two.

Engels took the loss, giving up a run and a hit in an inning's work. Sinnery went 7.1 innings, allowing two earned runs and five hits with a strikeout and four walks. Dezse pitched a scoreless 11th, earning the win. McKinney struck out five, allowing five hits and three runs in five innings work.

In the nightcap, Michigan scored a run for the third straight game in the first inning. Biondi walked, stole second, went to third on a Krantz groundout and scored on a Crank single. Ohio State came back with a pair in the second. Brad Hallberg singled and went to third on a Corna double. Both runners scored on a single off the bat of Engle.

The score remained 2-1 Ohio State until the bottom of the seventh. Cypret walked with one out. He moved to second on a wild pitch. Sophomore Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) walked Dezse and gave up a single to Strang, loading the bases. A run crossed as Corna walked to force in Cypret.

The Maize and Blue answered with two runs in the eighth. Krantz walked with one out. He went to second on an O'Neill walk. Krantz scored on a Lakatos single, making it 3-2. With Lakatos on first and O'Neill on third, Lakatos was caught in a rundown trying to go to second. The throw was dropped by Cypret, allowing O'Neill to score to tie the game at three.

O'Neill made a great play to keep the game tied in the bottom of the eighth. With two outs and a runner on second, Cypret singled to right. O'Neill came up throwing to home and got DeLucia out at the plate to end the inning.

Ohio State scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th. Greg Solomon doubled with one out. Engle hit a grounder to short and Dennis went to third to get Solomon. His throw was wild, allowing Solomon to cross the plate to end the game.

Crank and junior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) had two hits apiece for Michigan, while Solomon had two hits for the Buckeyes. The win went to Jared Strayer in relief. He struck out three in two innings. Redshirt sophomore Tyler Mills (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) took the loss, allowing an unearned run with a strikeout in 2.1 innings of work.

Both starters had good performances in game two. Junior Kevin Vangheluwe (St. Clair Shores, Mich./Lakeshore) struck out six, allowing five hits and two earned runs with four walks in five innings of work in his first start of the season. Greg Greve struck out seven and gave up just one run and five hits in seven innings.

Michigan starts a home-and-home midweek series with Notre Dame this Tuesday (May 3) at 6:05 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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