Stephens' Extra-Inning Heroics Give Michigan Win at Notre Dame
Garrett Stephens

May 4, 2011

Box Score |  Notes

Site: South Bend, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)
Michigan 5, Notre Dame 3 (10 innings)
Records: U-M (15-28), Notre Dame (16-23-1)
Next U-M Event: Friday, May 6 -- vs. Minnesota (Wilpon Complex), 7 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Redshirt junior Garrett Stephens' (Davison, Mich./Davison) two-run, two-out single in the top of the 10th inning lifted the University of Michigan baseball team to a 5-3 win at Notre Dame in the second half of a home-and-home midweek series on Wednesday (May 4) at Frank Eck Stadium.

Playing in extra innings for the third time in the last four games, Michigan started the top of the 10th with a single from freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty). He stole second, before junior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) walked. Junior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) tried to move both runners up a base, but his bunt led to O'Neill being out at third. With runners on first and second and one out, sophomore Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) fouled out, but redshirt sophomore pinch hitter Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central) walked to load the bases. That brought up Stephens, who singled up the middle to score redshirt sophomore pinch runner Tyler Mills (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) and Lorenz.

Notre Dame loaded the bases in the 10th, but freshman Jake Engels (Portage, Mich./Portage Northern) got a strikeout to end the game.

The Fighting Irish struck first with a run in the second inning, before Michigan tied the game in the fourth as Crank hit his seventh home run of the season and second in as many days. It also was the 23rd in his Maize and Blue career. Then in the fifth, the Wolverines scored an unearned run to take a one-run lead. Freshman Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) reached on an error with two out. Freshman Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) walked and Winger scored on a single from sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child). However, Notre Dame retied the game with a run in the bottom of the fifth.

In the top of the seventh, Michigan scored on another unearned run. Winger singled with one out. He moved to second on a bunt single from Martin. Biondi looked like he was going to ground out into a double play to end the inning, but the throw to first was wild and Winger came around to score.

Notre Dame sent the game into extra innings in the ninth on a double and a single. The Fighting Irish loaded the bases in the ninth, but sophomore Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) struck out the Irish batter to send the game to the 10th.

Ballantine earned the win in relief, giving up two hits and striking out a batter in an innings work. Engels picked up his third save with the game-ending strikeout. Redshirt freshman Logan McAnallen (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt) earned the start, striking out three and giving up four hits and an earned run in five innings. Redshirt senior Matt Gerbe (Shelby Twp., Mich./Eisenhower) had three punchouts, giving up two hits and a run in three innings of relief. Offensively, O'Neill and Winger had two hits apiece, with Stephens driving in a pair.

Michigan begins a three-game Big Ten set against Minnesota this Friday (May 6) at 7 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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