Wolverines' Comeback Bid Falls Short, U-M Drops Series to Texas Tech
Alex Lakatos

May 11, 2011

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Texas Tech 6, Michigan 4
Records: U-M (15-33), Texas Tech (30-20)
Next U-M Event: Friday, May 13 -- at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.), 3 p.m. CDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- For the second time in less than a week, the University of Michigan baseball team came up short in a ninth-inning rally, falling, 6-4, to Texas Tech Wednesday night (May 11) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. The Wolverines, who plated six in the ninth in a one-run loss to Minnesota on Saturday (May 7), scored one in the eighth and two in the ninth. Texas Tech earned the two-game midweek sweep despite the Maize and Blue outhitting the Red Raiders, 11-5, on the night.

Texas Tech scored a run without the benefit of a hit in the first inning. Jamodrick McGruder reached on a throwing error from redshirt freshman starting pitcher Logan McAnallen (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt) to start the game. McGruder advanced to second on a passed ball. McGruder looked like he would be out at second on a grounder by Reid Redman, but a muffed throw kept the leadoff hitter at the bag. McAnallen retired the next two Red Raiders, but back-to-back walks forced in McGruder to make it 1-0.

In the top of the third, Redman scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0. Michigan came back with a run in the third. Freshman Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) led off the inning with a double. He moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from redshirt freshman John DiLaura (Clinton Twp., Mich./Warren DeLa Salle) and scored on a groundout from freshman Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn).

Texas Tech scored twice in the fourth inning on McGruder's second home run of the season, making it 4-1. The Red Raiders added two more in the sixth as Redman singled up the middle, scoring Whitehead and McGruder.

Michigan started a comeback with a run in the eighth. Freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) led off with an infield single. After a fielder's choice put sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) at first, he moved up on a wild pitch. Junior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) brought in Biondi with a double off the wall in left.

The Maize and Blue made things interesting in the ninth off Red Raider reliever John Neely, who was 9-0 with six saves coming into the game. Sophomore Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) led off with a single. He went to second on a Neely balk and scored on a Lakatos single. Neely struck out the next two Wolverines but walked O'Neill. Biondi brought in Lakatos with a single up the middle to make it 6-4, but Neely got Crank to ground into a fielder's choice to end the game.

Lakatos had three hits on the night and scored a pair of runs to lead U-M. O'Neill, Biondi and DiLaura added two hits apiece. For Texas Tech, the top two hitters in the lineup, McGruder and Redman, had two hits apiece and drove in a pair of runs.

McAnallen took the loss, allowing two hits and three earned runs with a pair of strikeouts and four walks in 3.1 innings. Redshirt senior Matt Gerbe (Shelby Twp., Mich./Eisenhower) allowed a pair of runs with three hits and four strikeouts in 2.2 innings, while freshman Jake Engels (Portage, Mich./Portage Northern) pitched a perfect three innings with four strikeouts.

Robbie Kilcrease allowed three hits and a run in five innings to earn his fifth win of the season.

Michigan heads to Evanston, Ill., for its final road trip of the regular season in a three-game series at Northwestern. The first game is scheduled for Friday afternoon (May 13) at 3 p.m. CDT at Rocky Miller Park.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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