May 21, 2010
Site: State College, Pa. (Medlar Field at Lubrano Park)
Score: Penn State 6, Michigan 5
Records: U-M (33-20, 13-10 Big Ten), Penn State (22-29, 9-14 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 22 -- at Penn State (Medlar Field at Lubrano Park), 1:05 p.m.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The University of Michigan baseball team saw a 5-1 lead evaporate in the bottom of the ninth inning and fell 6-5 to Penn State on Friday evening (May 21) on Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Sophomore/freshman pitcher Bobby Brosnahan (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) threw a gem, scattering five hits over 6.2 innings, allowing one unearned run and striking out four. Senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) went 2-for-3 with three runs batted in and senior/junior second baseman Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) posted a 3-for-5 game.
Brosnahan cruised through the first six innings, allowing just three runners into scoring position. He got help from his defense in the second as Dufek made a leaping play on a sharply hit bouncer that turned into a double-play ball. Sophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) flashed the leather in the fifth inning, diving to his left to stab a line drive and making the throw to retire the Nittany Lion batter at first base.
Michigan opened the scoring in the sixth inning to take a 1-0 lead. Senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) doubled into the leftfield corner and, after moving over to third, scored on a Dufek sacrifice fly to deep right.
After Penn State tied the game in the seventh, the Wolverines opened up a 4-1 lead to chase the starting PSU pitcher. Michigan started the inning with back-to-back singles up the middle and loaded the bases with a hit batsman. Dufek singled through the right side, scoring Toth easily. Junior leftfielder Ryan LaMarre (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi) raced around third and scored just ahead of the sweeping tag by the Penn State backstop. Urban then tacked on an extra run with a perfectly placed suicide squeeze, scoring Berset on the play.
Toth extended the U-M lead to 5-1 in the top of the ninth, scoring freshman shortstop Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) with a sharply hit ball over the second baseman, who was playing in. Four different Wolverine hurlers took the mound in the ninth as Penn State put up three runs quickly before delivering the decisive blow on a two-run single with the bases loaded to score the winning runs.
The Wolverines will put a wrap on the 2010 regular season on Friday (May 21) at Penn State beginning at 1 p.m. The game will be aired live on MGoBlue.com All-Access.
Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423