May 14, 2011
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Rocky Miller Park)
Score: Northwestern 7, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (15-35, 6-14 Big Ten), Northwestern (19-27, 9-11 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, May 15 -- at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.), 1 p.m. CDT
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The University of Michigan baseball team dropped an 11-6 decision at Northwestern on Saturday afternoon (May 14) in the middle game of a three-game set at Rocky Miller Park. The Wildcats had 20 hits and scored multiple runs in three innings, including a four-run second frame.
Junior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and redshirt freshman John DiLaura (Clinton Twp., Mich./Warren DeLa Salle) had two hits apiece for the Maize and Blue, while Lorenz drove in a pair of runs in the ninth inning.
Michigan scored first with a run in the first. Freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) reached on an error to lead off the game. He stole second and third, and scored on junior Coley Crank's (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) 15th double of the season. However, Northwestern took the lead for good with four runs in the second.
Northwestern led off the third with a solo home run, but Michigan came back with a run in the fifth. DiLaura singled and went to second as sophomore Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) reached on an error. Freshman Adam Robinson (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) loaded the bases with an infield single. Northwestern starter Michael Jahns struck out O'Neill, but the Wildcat defense could not turn the double play on sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child), scoring DiLaura and making it 5-2. Northwestern came right back with a run in the bottom of the fifth.
In the top of the sixth, Lorenz singled with one out, went to second on a DiLaura single, and a Dennis walk loaded the bases. Robinson drove in Lorenz with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
Northwestern added insurance in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three runs. The Wildcats then scored a pair in the eighth with run-scoring singles.
Michigan plated a trio in the ninth. O'Neill struck out to lead off the inning but reached on a Snieder wild pitch. Biondi walked, before Crank's liner led to Biondi being doubled off for two quick outs. Winger grounded the ball to short, but the throw was wild, allowing O'Neill to score. Freshman Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) walked and scored with Winger when Lorenz doubled to the gap in left.
Jahns earned the win for the Wildcats, striking out seven and allowing five hits and an earned run in 5.1 innings. Paul Snieder earned the save, pitching the final 3.1 innings with four strikeouts and three hits allowed.
Weather permitting, the two teams will wrap up the three-game series at 1 p.m. CDT at Rocky Miller Park in Evanston. Check MGoBlue.com for updates throughout the day.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423