Michigan Stifled by Gophers in Big Ten Series Opener
Brandon Sinnery

May 6, 2011

Box Score | Notes | Photo Gallery  | Dick Honig (of 1961 and '62 U-M team)

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Minnesota 4, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (15-29, 6-10 Big Ten), Minnesota (17-18, 9-7 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 7 -- vs. Minnesota (Wilpon Complex), 1 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Despite six strikeouts and 7.2 innings of work from junior Brandon Sinnery (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy), the University of Michigan baseball team fell to Minnesota, 4-1, in the first game of a three-game Big Ten set on Friday night (May 6) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. The game was televised on the Big Ten Network.

Minnesota posted the first run of the game in the third inning, but Michigan came right back with a run in the bottom of the third. Sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) walked and moved to third on a single from redshirt sophomore Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central). Biondi then scored on a squeeze bunt from freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty), tying the game, 1-1.

The Golden Gophers scored the eventual game-winning runs in the fourth on a two-run shot over the brick wall in leftfield.

Both pitchers kept the offenses in check. Sinnery allowed eight hits and three earned runs with two walks and those six strikeouts, while Minnesota's TJ Oakes gave up just four hits and a run with three strikeouts and a walk in 6.2 innings of work.

Minnesota added an insurance run in the eighth for the 4-1 final.

Tom Windle went the last 2.1 innings for the Golden Gophers, allowing a hit and striking out a batter to pick up his first save.

Before the game, the 1961 and '62 teams were honored on the field. The teams were in town for a reunion and John Kerr (1960-62) threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the contest.

The two teams will match up Saturday afternoon (May 7) at 1 p.m. It is Military Appreciation Weekend at the Wilpon Complex. All military personnel -- active military and veterans -- and their families will receive free general admission seating while supplies last. Fans will just need to show their military ID at the Wilpon Complex ticket office.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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