Wolverines Take Series Opener, 6-2
April 24, 2009
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan's Chris Fetter outdueled Blake Monar in a pair of strong pitching performances, but Indiana's defense made four errors and the Wolverines took a 6-2 victory in the series opener between the two teams. Only one of the six runs Monar allowed was earned, as he surrendered just five hits in seven innings of work.
Jerrud Sabourin, Josh Phegley and Evan Crawford each had two hits in the game and Sabourin scored both of Indiana's runs. Monar fell to 4-2 in the tough-luck loss, as the freshmen retired 13 Wolverines in a row at one point. Of the five hits he allowed, two were infield singles and another fell when Jake Dunning lost a ball in the lights. Crawford stole his 20th base of the season, but was caught while trying to steal home in the fifth inning.
Michigan tallied a big first inning despite only one ball getting out of the infield. Kenny Fellows led off the game with an infield single and he advanced to second and third on a pair of groundouts. With two down and Mike Dufek coming to the plate, Monar lost control of the first pitch and Fellows came home on a wild pitch to make it 1-0. Dufek went on to walk, and Kevin Cislo reached on a throwing error by Dunning to put runners at the corners. Chris Berset followed with an infield single to plate U-M's second run and Nick Urban singled up the middle to deliver the third run and a 3-0 lead for the home squad.
Indiana cracked the scoreboard in the top of the fourth with three hits. Sabourin led off the inning with a single through the left side and Phegley followed with a single of his own to put a pair of runners on with nobody out. Alex Dickerson moved the runners up 90 feet with a grounder to second to bring Kipp Schutz to the plate with two runners in scoring position. Schutz roped a single to right to score Sabourin, but Phegley was called out trying to score on a bang-bang play at the plate for the second out. Fetter then got Jake Dunning on a flyout to end the inning.
The Hoosiers continued to hit Fetter, a prime candidate for Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, and got another run across in the sixth. Sabourin and Phegley got consecutive singles with one out and Dickerson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Fetter then bounced a pitch that got away from Berset behind the plate to score the second run of the game. Fetter then faced Schutz, who hit a solid liner to center that was too shallow to score Phegley. Fetter followed by getting Dunning to foul out to keep a 3-2 lead.
Michigan got some insurance in both the sixth and the seventh. A pair of errors and a single that Dunning lost in the lights plated the U-M run in the sixth to make it 4-2. In the seventh, Monar surrendered a one-out walk, but again his defense failed him as Tyler Rogers failed to retire John Lorenz at second base on a bunt attempt, and two batters later Ryan LaMarre delivered a two-run double to deep left center that plated two runs to make is 6-2.
From there on Fetter settled in and struck out seven men over his final three innings to preserve the victory. The senior struck out 12 Hoosiers in the game, surrendering eight hits and a walk in a complete game. Both of the runs he gave up were earned as Fetter moved to 6-1 with the win.
Indiana will now try to rebound in games two and three of the series, with scheduled contests on Saturday and Sunday at 1:05 p.m. GameTracker and live audio for both games will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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