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    Hoosiers Fall vs. Wolverines

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    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Battling wet and frigid conditions as well as two of the top pitchers in the Big Ten, the Indiana baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Michigan at Ray Fisher Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Game one saw the Hoosiers lose 6-2 in a nine-inning contest, while the Wolverines took the seven-inning second game by a score of 5-2. IU is now 25-25 on the season (8-18 Big Ten), and U-M improves to 33-14 overall (12-11 Big Ten).

    Following a 30-minute rain delay, pitching dominated early on in game one. Hoosier starter Brian Lortz and Wolverine starter Jim Brauer matched zeroes through the first four innings. The only scoring threat came when U-M put a pair of runners on with two down in the third, but Lortz struck out first baseman Kyle Bohm swinging to keep the contest scoreless.

    Michigan broke through in the fifth after five consecutive one-out singles led to three runs. A base hit by Bohm knocked in right fielder Doug Pickens and second baseman Chris Getz, and catcher Jeff Kunkel drove in the final run of the stanza with a bouncing ball back through the middle to plate center fielder Eric Rose.

    The Cream and Crimson entered the scoring column in the sixth with a couple of runs to cut its deficit to one. Freshman David Trager, junior center fielder Reggie Watson and junior left fielder Jay Brant ripped three straight singles to open the inning, with Trager touching home with IU's first run on Brant's base knock.

    Senior right fielder Joe Kemp moved Watson and Brant up to second and third with a sacrifice bunt, and junior first baseman Ryan Parker scored Watson on a ground out to shortstop Leif Mahler to make it 3-2.

    However, U-M grabbed those two runs back in the home half of the sixth frame. Third baseman A.J. Scheidt trotted home on a wild pitch, and Getz doubled home Mahler off sophomore reliever Joe Trucchio to push the lead back to three runs.

    The Wolverines picked up an unearned run in the seventh to close out the scoring and give Michigan the 6-2 victory.

    Lortz (2-7) battled through 5 1/3 innings before exiting, punching out five batters and walking only one. Trucchio did not allow an earned run in 1 2/3 frames, and freshman left-hander Brad Kramer threw a perfect eighth in his one inning of work.

    Brant concluded the ballgame 2-for-4 with one RBI, while Kemp went 1-for-3 with a stolen base.

    Brauer held the Hoosiers to two runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and no walks in his second complete game this season. The senior right-hander set down 12 of the final 14 Indiana hitters en route to his seventh win in nine decisions.

    As was the case in the opener, the starters controlled game two in the early going. Indiana sophomore hurler

    Matt Saba retired the first eight batters he faced, while Michigan right-hander Michael Penn faced the minimum nine batters through the first three innings.

    Right fielder Doug Pickens was the first to reach base off Saba, serving a base hit into right and moving into scoring position after swiping second, but the right-hander left him there by forcing second baseman Chris Getz to ground out to his counterpart Josh Richardson.

    Leading off the fourth, junior center fielder Reggie Watson ended the scoreless drought, lifting a long drive over the left-field wall for his first home run of the season and the fourth of his career to give the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead.

    The lead was short-lived as the Wolverines responded with one tally in the bottom half of the stanza to square the contest at 1-1. Designated hitter Matt Butler doubled into the right-center filed gap, bringing home first baseman Kyle Bohm.

    Runners stood on second and third with one out following Butler's double, however, Saba was able to pitch out of trouble, getting left fielder Brad Roblin to pop up to Richardson and retiring A.J. Scheidt on a grounder to Richardson to keep it deadlocked through four.

    After a one-out single by Pickens, Getz put U-M on top for the first time with a slicing double into the left-field corner to score Pickens and put Michigan ahead 2-1 in the fifth. It appeared the Wolverines were going to add a second run in the inning, but Richardson made a highlight-reel play, ranging far to his right and rifling a throw to junior Ryan Parker at first to rob first baseman Kyle Bohm of an RBI base hit.

    The Cream and Crimson evened things up with two outs in the sixth as junior left fielder Jay Brant reached on a bunt single, and senior right fielder Joe Kemp chopped a ball through the right side to place runners on the corners. Penn proceeded to catch Kemp in a rundown after picking him off first, but Brant was able to run home and slide in just ahead of the Getz' throw to catcher Jeff Kunkel, knotting the ballgame at 2-2.

    Once again, Michigan came back in the home half of the stanza to grab a 5-2 lead it would not relinquish. Kunkel led off the inning with a soft base knock to center off southpaw Adam Poole (1-4) and advanced to third on a fielding error as Butler laid down a sacrifice bunt. Roblin then served a single into center field to drive in Kunkel with the game-winning run. U-M added two more unearned tallies for the final three-run margin.

    Penn closed out the seventh for his third complete game and improved to 6-2. The senior surrendered two runs on five hits with three punchouts and no walks.

    In his second Big Ten start of the season, Saba went head-to-head with Penn. The Greenwood, Ind., native pitched 4 1/3 innings of two-run ball, scattering six hits with one strikeout and no base on balls.

    Watson turned in a 1-for-3 performance with one run and one RBI, while Brant collected a pair of hits and scored once.

    The teams conclude the four-game set with a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. First pitch for game one's seven-inning tilt is at noon with a nine-inning contest following approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.


    ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Battling wet and frigid conditions as well as two of the top pitchers in the Big Ten, the Indiana baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Michigan at Ray Fisher Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Game one saw the Hoosiers lose 6-2 in a nine-inning contest, while the Wolverines took the seven-inning second game by a score of 5-2. IU is now 25-25 on the season (8-18 Big Ten), and U-M improves to 33-14 overall (12-11 Big Ten).

    Following a 30-minute rain delay, pitching dominated early on in game one. Hoosier starter Brian Lortz and Wolverine starter Jim Brauer matched zeroes through the first four innings. The only scoring threat came when U-M put a pair of runners on with two down in the third, but Lortz struck out first baseman Kyle Bohm swinging to keep the contest scoreless.

    Michigan broke through in the fifth after five consecutive one-out singles led to three runs. A base hit by Bohm knocked in right fielder Doug Pickens and second baseman Chris Getz, and catcher Jeff Kunkel drove in the final run of the stanza with a bouncing ball back through the middle to plate center fielder Eric Rose.

    The Cream and Crimson entered the scoring column in the sixth with a couple of runs to cut its deficit to one. Freshman David Trager, junior center fielder Reggie Watson and junior left fielder Jay Brant ripped three straight singles to open the inning, with Trager touching home with IU's first run on Brant's base knock.

    Senior right fielder Joe Kemp moved Watson and Brant up to second and third with a sacrifice bunt, and junior first baseman Ryan Parker scored Watson on a ground out to shortstop Leif Mahler to make it 3-2.

    However, U-M grabbed those two runs back in the home half of the sixth frame. Third baseman A.J. Scheidt trotted home on a wild pitch, and Getz doubled home Mahler off sophomore reliever Joe Trucchio to push the lead back to three runs.

    The Wolverines picked up an unearned run in the seventh to close out the scoring and give Michigan the 6-2 victory.

    Lortz (2-7) battled through 5 1/3 innings before exiting, punching out five batters and walking only one. Trucchio did not allow an earned run in 1 2/3 frames, and freshman left-hander Brad Kramer threw a perfect eighth in his one inning of work.

    Brant concluded the ballgame 2-for-4 with one RBI, while Kemp went 1-for-3 with a stolen base.

    Brauer held the Hoosiers to two runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and no walks in his second complete game this season. The senior right-hander set down 12 of the final 14 Indiana hitters en route to his seventh win in nine decisions.

    As was the case in the opener, the starters controlled game two in the early going. Indiana sophomore hurler

    Matt Saba retired the first eight batters he faced, while Michigan right-hander Michael Penn faced the minimum nine batters through the first three innings.

    Right fielder Doug Pickens was the first to reach base off Saba, serving a base hit into right and moving into scoring position after swiping second, but the right-hander left him there by forcing second baseman Chris Getz to ground out to his counterpart Josh Richardson.

    Leading off the fourth, junior center fielder Reggie Watson ended the scoreless drought, lifting a long drive over the left-field wall for his first home run of the season and the fourth of his career to give the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead.

    The lead was short-lived as the Wolverines responded with one tally in the bottom half of the stanza to square the contest at 1-1. Designated hitter Matt Butler doubled into the right-center filed gap, bringing home first baseman Kyle Bohm.

    Runners stood on second and third with one out following Butler's double, however, Saba was able to pitch out of trouble, getting left fielder Brad Roblin to pop up to Richardson and retiring A.J. Scheidt on a grounder to Richardson to keep it deadlocked through four.

    After a one-out single by Pickens, Getz put U-M on top for the first time with a slicing double into the left-field corner to score Pickens and put Michigan ahead 2-1 in the fifth. It appeared the Wolverines were going to add a second run in the inning, but Richardson made a highlight-reel play, ranging far to his right and rifling a throw to junior Ryan Parker at first to rob first baseman Kyle Bohm of an RBI base hit.

    The Cream and Crimson evened things up with two outs in the sixth as junior left fielder Jay Brant reached on a bunt single, and senior right fielder Joe Kemp chopped a ball through the right side to place runners on the corners. Penn proceeded to catch Kemp in a rundown after picking him off first, but Brant was able to run home and slide in just ahead of the Getz' throw to catcher Jeff Kunkel, knotting the ballgame at 2-2.

    Once again, Michigan came back in the home half of the stanza to grab a 5-2 lead it would not relinquish. Kunkel led off the inning with a soft base knock to center off southpaw Adam Poole (1-4) and advanced to third on a fielding error as Butler laid down a sacrifice bunt. Roblin then served a single into center field to drive in Kunkel with the game-winning run. U-M added two more unearned tallies for the final three-run margin.

    Penn closed out the seventh for his third complete game and improved to 6-2. The senior surrendered two runs on five hits with three punchouts and no walks.

    In his second Big Ten start of the season, Saba went head-to-head with Penn. The Greenwood, Ind., native pitched 4 1/3 innings of two-run ball, scattering six hits with one strikeout and no base on balls.

    Watson turned in a 1-for-3 performance with one run and one RBI, while Brant collected a pair of hits and scored once.

    The teams conclude the four-game set with a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. First pitch for game one's seven-inning tilt is at noon with a nine-inning contest following approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.


     

     

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