May 15, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Baseball Complex)
Score: Northwestern 10, Michigan 8
Records: U-M (30-19, 11-9 Big Ten), Northwestern (22-28, 11-9 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, May 16 -- vs. Northwestern (Wilpon Baseball Complex), 1:05 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Despite back-to-back-to-back home runs in a six-run sixth inning, the University of Michigan baseball team fell to Northwestern, 10-8, on Saturday afternoon (May 15) at the Wilpon Baseball Complex, home of historic Ray Fisher Stadium.
The Michigan offense was highlighted by four solo home runs as fifth-year senior rightfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall), junior leftfielder Ryan LaMarre (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi, senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) and sophomore designated hitter Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) each went yard. Sophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and Urban also each scored twice for the Wolverines.
After the Wildcats jumped on the board with three runs in the top half of the third, Michigan responded with a run. With runners on first and second, freshman centerfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the two into scoring position. A groundball by senior/junior second baseman Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) pushed Lorenz across to make the score 3-1 after three.
In the fifth, Urban provided a spark to the Michigan offense, launching one over the leftfield wall to make it 7-2. The bats stayed alive in the sixth inning as LaMarre, Berset and Crank provided back-to-back-to-back home runs to bring U-M within two. It looked like Lorenz would have the fourth home run of the sixth, but he settled for a double off the leftfield wall that sent home senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain). A groundball and a Northwestern fielding error led to two more Michigan runs and the first lead of the game, 8-7.
The Michigan lead soon disappeared as the Wildcats battled for three runs in the eighth inning. The Wolverines responded by putting two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the eighth, but they remained abandoned as U-M dropped to 11-9 in Big Ten play.
Michigan concludes its weekend series with Northwestern on Sunday (May 16) at 1:05 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex. The game will be streamed for a fee on BigTenNetwork.com.
Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423