May 11, 2012
Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Lambert Field)
Score: Purdue 4, Michigan 0
Records: U-M (20-30, 6-13 Big Ten), Purdue (38-9, 15-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 12 -- at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.), Noon (TV: Big Ten Network)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The University of Michigan baseball team fell to No. 15 Purdue, 4-0, in the first game of a three-game Big Ten series Friday afternoon (May 11) at Lambert Field. Michigan had just four hits as Purdue's Joe Haase threw a complete-game shutout.
Haase and senior Brandon Sinnery (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) were in a pitcher's duel at the start of the game as each hurler threw zeroes on the board in the first three innings. The Boilermakers plated a run in the fourth. Eric Charles opened with a single up the middle. He advanced to second on a Cameron Perkins sacrifice bunt and scored on a single from Barrett Serrato.
Michigan's best chance of scoring occurred in the top of the sixth. With two outs, junior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) tripled to the gap in right. Freshman Kevin White (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) then hit a chopper to third that Perkins made a nice play on for the third out. The Boilers then scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Kevin Plawecki hit a solo home run that was just fair in left field. Angelo Cianfrocco then was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a Ryan Bridges single and scored on a base hit from David Miller.
Purdue ended the scoring in the eighth as Serrato hit his sixth home run of the year, hitting the scoreboard in right field.
Sinnery went the distance for the fourth time this season, allowing four runs and 10 hits in eight innings of work. He struck out a batter and walked two. Haase struck out seven in his complete game and did not allow a walk to earn his eighth win of the season.
Biondi was 2-for-4 at the plate for Michigan, while Miller was a perfect 3-for-3 for Purdue.
Michigan and Purdue continue the series Saturday afternoon (May 12) at noon. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423