May 20, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Michigan 5, Penn State 4 (11 innings)
Records: U-M (17-36, 7-15 Big Ten), Penn State (31-20, 11-12 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 21 -- vs. Penn State (Wilpon Complex), 4 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) singled with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 11th inning to score freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) and give the University of Michigan baseball team a 5-4, walk-off win over Penn State on Friday night (May 20) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.
O'Neill, who had four hits on the night, started the rally with a one-out single to left. Sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) then reached on an error by Penn State first baseman Joey DeBernardis, moving O'Neill to third base. Junior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) walked to load the bases, setting up Lorenz's heroics.
Michigan struck first in the middle game of the series in the third inning. O'Neill singled with one out and went to second as Biondi's line drive up the middle hit off pitcher John Walter's elbow right to third baseman Jordan Steranka, who threw to first for the out. O'Neill stole third and scored on Crank's single to left.
Penn State scored two unearned runs in the fifth as Sean Deegan hit his 11th home run of the season with two away.
Michigan came right back with a three-spot in the fifth. O'Neill started yet another rally with a one-out single. He stole second, which set the U-M stolen base mark for a season by a freshman (30), and scored on a Crank double off the wall in leftfield. Lorenz and sophomore Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) both walked and two runs came in on a single through the right side by freshman Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia).
Michigan redshirt sophomore starting pitcher Matt Broder (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) struck out five and allow five hits and three runs (one earned) in seven-plus innings. A walk to start the eighth brought on freshman Jake Engels (Portage, Mich./Portage Northern), who gave up a hit and hit-by-pitch to load the bases. Redshirt sophomore Tyler Mills (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) then toed the rubber and issued a run-scoring walk. However, Mills struck out the next batter, but a wild pitch scored the tying run.
O'Neill (4-for-6, three runs scored) and Crank (3-for-5, two runs batted in) had seven of Michigan's nine hits on the night, while Winger drove in a pair of runs. For Penn State, Deegan was 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI.
Sophomore Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) earned the win in relief for the Wolverines. He did not allow a hit and had a strikeout in two innings. Mills struck out three in two innings of work.
Michigan will finish its 2011 season on Saturday afternoon (May 21) at 4 p.m. against Penn State at the Wilpon Complex. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. It also will be Senior Day as U-M will recognize redshirt seniors Matt Gerbe (Shelby Twp., Mich./Eisenhower) and Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) before the game.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423