May 13, 2011
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Rocky Miller Park)
Score: Northwestern 7, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (15-34, 6-13 Big Ten), Northwestern (18-27, 8-11 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 14 -- at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.), 1 p.m. CDT
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie as the University of Michigan baseball team fell, 7-1, on Friday afternoon (May 13) in the first game of a three-game Big Ten set at Rocky Miller Park.
Through the first six innings, the game was a pitcher's duel between junior Brandon Sinnery (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) and Northwestern's Luke Farrell, but Sinnery opened the seventh by walking Jack Livingston, who moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Nick Linne. Geoff Rowan singled to put runners on the corners and Hamilton Wise reached on a catcher's interference to load the bases. Trevor Stevens' bloop single down the leftfield line scored the game-winning run in Livingston. Sinnery then walked Chris Lashmet to make it 3-1. Redshirt sophomore Tyler Mills (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) came in for Sinnery and Paul Snieder took the first pitch over the wall in right for a grand slam.
Both teams scored a single run in the third. Redshirt sophomore Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central) walked to start the third. He moved to third on a double from freshman Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia). Freshman Cole Martin's (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) attempted squeeze bunt went back to the pitcher, who went to the plate to tag out Krantz at home. Winger moved to third on that play and scored on a sacrifice fly from freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty).
Rowan reached on an infield single to open the Northwestern third. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Wise and moved to third on a Stevens single. Rowan scored on a Sinnery wild pitch to tie the game.
Sinnery took the loss for the Maize and Blue, allowing eight hits and five earned runs with four strikeouts and three walks in 6.1 innings. Farrell picked up his sixth win for the Wildcats, striking out six and allowing six hits and a run in seven innings of work.
Sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) and freshman Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) had two hits apiece for Michigan, while Snieder was 3-for-4 with four runs batted in for Northwestern.
Weather permitting, the two teams will meet tomorrow (Saturday, May 14) at 1 p.m. at Rocky Miller Park in Evanston. Check MGoBlue.com for updates throughout the day.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423