Late Lead Slips Away in 3-2 Loss at Michigan
April 2, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Despite a complete game effort for starting pitcher Chad Martin, the Hoosier Baseball team (17-9) dropped a tough 3-2 loss in game one of a Saturday doubleheader at Michigan (7-17). An unearned Wolverine run in the seventh inning proved to be the difference.
With two outs and two men on the third inning, Wes Wilson sent a single into shallow right field and T.C. Knipp was held up while rounding third base. The decision by third base coach and Head Coach Tracy Smith was the right one as Alex Dickerson came to the plate next and delivered a two-RBI shot over the shortstop's head for the 2-0 Hoosier lead.
A pair of Wolverine hits in the fourth led to their first score of the game. Michigan would have scored another if not for a run-saving defensive play by Micah Johnson for the third out. The Indianapolis, Ind., native made a diving stop on a chopper to his left, leaped back to his feet and gunned out the runner at first. A nice stretch by first baseman Jerrud Sabourin completed the play which preserved Indiana's 2-1 lead.
The Hoosiers were set up for another prime scoring opportunity in the seventh with two runners and scoring position and just one out. Michigan's third baseman, John Lorenz, made the defensive web gem this time, however, snagging a rocket off the bat of Wilson and stepping on third base to double up the Hoosiers and end the threat.
Michigan caught another break in the bottom half of the inning when Martin tripped trying to cover and missed the bag. The next batter made Indiana pay, blasting a towering shot of an elevated left field wall. The two-run bomb, and unearned run, pushed Michigan ahead, 3-2. The score would not change in the final two frames.
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