May 12, 2012
Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Lambert Field)
Score: Purdue 14, Michigan 3
Records: U-M (20-31, 6-14 Big Ten), Purdue (39-9, 16-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, May 13 -- at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.), 1 p.m.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The University of Michigan baseball team fell to No. 15 Purdue, 14-3, Saturday afternoon (May 12) at Lambert Field. Purdue clinched a share of the Big Ten regular-season title with the win as Lance Breedlove allowed just one hit in seven innings of work, striking out six in the victory.
The Boilermakers scored runs in every inning but the first. Ryan Bridges single off a nasty hop at short scored a pair of runs in the second. Purdue put up a run in the third on a bases-loaded walk to Angelo Cianfrocco. In the fourth, Eric Charles doubled to score Andrew Dixon, making it 4-0. Purdue scored on an error on a fielder's choice and a run-scoring single from Kevin Plawecki, giving Purdue a 6-0 lead.
Purdue added three runs in the fifth, led by a two-run double from Tyler Spillner. Dixon singled home a run in the sixth and Cameron Perkins' seventh home run of the season highlighted a two-run seventh frame.
Michigan scored its three runs in the top of the eighth. Sophomore Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) singled up the middle to lead off the frame. Senior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) then belted his 35th career home run as a Wolverine, a bullet to left to drive in two runs. Senior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) doubled down the left field line, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a groundout by freshman Zach Zott (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion). Purdue ended the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Breedlove faced the minimum in his seven innings, allowing a leadoff single to junior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child). Sophomore Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) took the loss, allowing three runs and striking out a pair in 2.2 innings.
Crank had the two RBI for the Wolverines, while Plawecki, Dixon and Barrett Serrato had three hits apiece for Purdue.
Michigan and Purdue wrap up the three-game series this Sunday (May 13) at 1 p.m. at Lambert Field.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423
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