May 23, 2013
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Target Field)
Event: Big Ten Tournament
Score: Illinois 3, Michigan 2
Records: U-M (29-27), ILL (34-17)
Next U-M Event: Season Complete
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The University of Michigan baseball team bowed out of the 2013 Big Ten Tournament with a 3-2 loss to Illinois Thursday afternoon (May 23) at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins.
Michigan got off to a good start in the first as senior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) was hit by a pitch, and junior Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) and freshman Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) both singled. Illinois' John Kravetz then settled down, striking out the side to keep the Wolverines off the scoreboard. Illinois scored a run in the bottom of the first on a groundout from Jordan Parr.
Illinois added a run in the second, before the Maize and Blue got on the board in the top of the third. Biondi took the first pitch of the inning to the gap in left for a double. He moved to third on a flyout by O'Neill and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Maezes.
The Fighting Illini scored a run in the bottom of the fifth to make it 3-1. The Wolverines did not threaten until the top of the eighth. O'Neill led off the inning with a triple to the gap in left. He scored on Maezes' second sacrifice fly of the game. Freshman Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) doubled to the gap and moved to third on a wild pitch. Michigan put runners on the corners with one out after a walk to sophomore Zach Zott (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion), but Illinois' Drasen Johnson got a strikeout and groundout to keep the one-run lead.
O'Neill and Cronenworth had two hits apiece, and Maezes drove in a pair and had a hit. The loss went to senior/junior Logan McAnallen (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt), who gave up seven hits and three runs with a strikeout in 4.1 innings. Sophomore Matt Ogden (Aurora, Colo./Smoky Hill) pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless relief with four strikeouts and a pair of walks.
Michigan ends its season with a 29-27 mark, which included a 14-10 mark in Big Ten play, good for a tie for fifth place in the league. Michigan had sweeps of Michigan State and Penn State in conference play and advanced to the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2010. The Wolverines graduate seniors Biondi, Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa), Kyle Clark (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) and Chad Jasman (Bay City, Mich./Western).
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