May 19, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Penn State 1, Michigan 0
Records: U-M (16-36, 6-15 Big Ten), Penn State (31-19, 11-11 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, May 20 -- vs. Penn State (Wilpon Complex), 6:05 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A fourth-inning Penn State run held up as the University of Michigan baseball team ended up on the wrong side of a 1-0 score on Thursday night (May 19) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.
Despite picking up the loss, junior starting pitcher Brandon Sinnery (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) struck out seven and allowed just four hits and a run with a pair of walks in his final start of 2011. Sinnery lowered his earned-run average in Big Ten play to 2.22.
Penn State scored the run on a pair of doubles. Jordan Steranka doubled with one out and scored on Bobby Jacobs' two-bagger.
Michigan had its best chances to score late in the game. In the sixth, freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) and sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) both singled to lead off the inning, but two strikeouts and a fielder's choice got Penn State out of the jam.
In the seventh, back-to-back two-out singles from redshirt freshman John DiLaura (Clinton Twp., Mich./Warren DeLa Salle) and freshman Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) put a runner in scoring position, but another fielder's choice ended that threat.
Michigan loaded the bases in the eighth as Biondi walked and stole second and third. Sophomore Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) walked and freshman Adam Robinson (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Penn State reliever Heath Johnson got out of a jam on a fly out by junior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East). Martin walked with one out in the ninth, but O'Neill grounded into a double play to end the game.
Steven Hill earned the win for the Nittany Lions, striking out five while giving up eight hits and two walks in the shutout. Greg Welsh came on to get the double play to pick up his first save of the season.
DiLaura and Martin had two hits apiece to pace the Wolverines. Jacobs had two hits to lead PSU.
Michigan and Penn State continue their three-game set this Friday (May 20) at 6:05 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423