Late-Inning Comeback Win Highlights Twinbill Split at Iowa
Matt Ogden

May 5, 2012

• Boxscores: Game 1 | Game 2

Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Duane Banks Field)
Scores: Michigan 8, Iowa 2 (10 innings); Iowa 7, Michigan 2
Records: U-M (19-28, 6-12 Big Ten), Iowa (19-24, 7-11 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, May 8 -- vs. Coastal Carolina (Wilpon Complex), 7 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Michigan baseball team split a doubleheader against Iowa to wrap up the three-game Big Ten series Saturday afternoon (May 5) at Duane Banks Field. Michigan scored twice in the ninth and six times in the 10th to earn an 8-2 come-from-behind win in the opener, but the Wolverines fell in the nightcap, 7-2.

The Maize and Blue trailed 2-0 headed into the top of the ninth in the opener. Senior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) led off the inning with a single. Freshman Kevin White (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) then hit a fielder's choice to first, but Mike McQuillan's throw was low and everyone was safe. Sophomore Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) sacrificed both runners up 90 feet. Freshman Will Drake (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) brought in Michigan's first run with an RBI groundout to shortstop, and junior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) tied the game at two with a single up the middle, scoring White.

Michigan sent 10 men to the plate in the 10th. Sophomore Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame. Senior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) singled to put runners on first and second. With one out, White drove in the game-winning run with a two-run single up the middle, and freshman Eric Jacobson (Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius) brought in a run with a perfect squeeze bunt, making it 5-2. Biondi drove in a run with a single, and sophomore Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) made it 8-2 with a two-run double down the line in left.

Iowa scored the game's first run in the fourth on Jacob Yacinich's single to score McQuillan. The Hawkeyes added a run in the seventh on Keith Brand's RBI single.

Freshman Matt Ogden (Aurora, Colo./Smoky Hill) earned the win in relief. Ogden struck out a pair and did not allow a hit in 1.1 innings of work. Sophomore Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) struck out four, giving up four hits and two runs in six innings of work, and senior/junior Bobby Brosnahan (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) struck out a pair in 2.2 innings of relief. The loss went to Nick Hibbing, who gave up three runs and two hits in two-thirds of an inning. Matt Dermody allowed five hits and struck out four in 7.1 innings for the Hawkeyes.

Biondi and O'Neill had three hits apiece for the Maize and Blue, while the duo joined White with two RBI apiece. For Iowa, Phil Keppler had two hits in the game.

Iowa scored the nightcap's first run in the second inning on a pair of hits, a sacrifice bunt and an RBI groundout from Dan Sheppard. The Hawkeyes added a pair of runs in the fifth on a Jake Mangler single that scored Yacinich and a sacrifice fly from Eric Toole.

Michigan cut the Hawkeye lead to 3-2 in the top of the fifth. White had a one-out single and senior/junior Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central) walked. Biondi brought in a run with a single to right, and Krantz scored on a failed pickoff attempt on Biondi at first. That was as close as Michigan got as the Hawkeyes scored two runs apiece in the sixth and eighth innings to avoid the series sweep.

White had two hits for Michigan, while Mangler was 3-for-5 for the Hawkeyes. Junior Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) took the loss, allowing six hits and three runs in four-plus innings. Sasha Kuebel pitched a complete game for Iowa, allowing six hits, an earned run and three strikeouts with five walks.

Michigan will return to Ann Arbor to start a two-game midweek series against Coastal Carolina on Tuesday (May 8). First pitch at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium, is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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