Michigan's Ninth-Inning Rally Falls One-Run Short in Loss to Minnesota
Derek Dennis

May 7, 2011

Box Score |  Notes | Highlights

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Minnesota 11, Michigan 10
Records: U-M (15-30, 6-11 Big Ten), Minnesota (18-18, 10-7 Big Ten)
Attendance: 1,397
Next U-M Event: Sunday, May 8 -- vs. Minnesota (Wilpon Complex), 1 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Down 11-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the University of Michigan baseball team came up with six runs in the inning, but the furious rally fell one run short as the Maize and Blue lost to Minnesota, 11-10, on Saturday afternoon (May 7) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.

Freshman Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) started the ninth with a walk and went to second on a single from sophomore Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central). Both runners moved up a base on a groundout by freshman Adam Robinson (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North). Freshman Michael O'Neill's (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) two-run single cut the Minnesota lead to 11-6. The Maize and Blue then had a two-out rally. A walk to junior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) and a single from freshman Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) loaded the bases. Redshirt sophomore Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central) drove in two runs with a single to right. Junior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) made it 11-10 with a two-run single up the middle. Minnesota brought in closer Scott Matyas, who got redshirt junior pinch hitter Garrett Stephens (Davison, Mich./Davison) to ground into a fielder's choice to end the game.

Junior Kevin Vangheluwe (St. Clair Shores, Mich./Lake Shore) retired the first two Golden Gophers to start the game but then gave up five straight singles, scoring three runs. Minnesota then put up three more runs in the third with the big blow coming on a two-run single.

Michigan trimmed away at the lead with a two-spot in the third. Dennis singled with one out and went to second on a Robinson single. O'Neill scored Dennis with a double to left and sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) plated Robinson with a groundout to second base. Michigan made it 6-3 in the fifth as a Biondi double drove in Dennis.

However, Minnesota answered with two runs in the sixth with two outs.

The two teams both scored a run in the eighth. After Minnesota led off the eighth with a home run, Biondi led off the bottom half with a single and went to third as Crank reached on a throwing error. Winger then reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Biondi.

Minnesota's two-run ninth proved to be crucial, with the tallies coming on a homer and a run-scoring single.

The two teams combined for 33 hits. For Michigan, O'Neill was 4-for-5 with three runs batted in, while Dennis was 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Biondi and Winger had two hits apiece. For Minnesota, Justin Gominsky and Nick O'Shea had four hits apiece.

Phil Isaksson earned the win for Minnesota. He struck out five and gave up seven hits and three runs in six innings of work. Matyas picked up his eighth save of the year for the Gophers. Vangheluwe was tagged with the loss, allowing seven hits and five runs in two-plus innings.

Michigan and Minnesota will conclude the series Sunday afternoon (May 8) 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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