Indiana Falls to Michigan, 7-2
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- In its Big Ten Tournament opener, sixth-seed Indiana fell to third-seed Michigan, 7-2, at Minnesota's Siebert Field on Wednesday afternoon. The Hoosiers, now 33-21 on the season, will face No. 5 seed Northwestern at 12:05 p.m. on Thursday in an elimination game. Michigan (30-25) advances to face No. 2 seed Ohio State tomorrow at 3:35 p.m.
"Michigan beat us today. They got key hits with two outs," head coach Bob Morgan said. “We never got going offensively. We didn't make adjustments and didn't play as well as we needed to to win, but give them credit."
Michigan scratched the scoring column first with a single run in the bottom of the opening inning. Centerfielder Gino Lollio drew a leadoff walk, moved to second base on a wild pitch and eventually scored on first baseman Mike Sokol's base hit to center field.
Wolverine starter Dan Taylor retired the first nine batters he faced, but the Hoosiers broke through and grabbed a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Third-team All-Big Ten second baseman Corby Heckman started the two-out rally with a drop-in single to right-center. First-team All-Big Ten third baseman Vasili Spanos advanced Heckman to second with a single to left-center. Designated hitter Ryan Parker sent both runners home with a double to deep to left-center.
In the bottom-half of the fourth, IU starting pitcher Chris Behrens worked himself into and out of a jam. After getting a fly out, Behrens issued a walk to Michigan second-leading hitter Jake Fox . After striking out the Wolverine's best hitter catcher Jake Fox, Behrens gave up consecutive walks to load the bases. With a full count, the junior lefthander got designated hitter Nate Wright to ground out to second, halting the Wolverine scoring threat for the moment.
Michigan took the lead for good in the fifth frame. The Wolverines tied the game at two runs apiece on Brad Koman's two-out drag bunt that scored Matt Butler from third. Fox followed with his 15th home run of the season, giving Michigan a 4-2 advantage.
The Wolverines put another pair of runs on the board in the sixth. Nick Rudden's single lined just over the top of a Spanos out-reached glove and Nate Wright and Butler, who had both reached base on singles, scored to make it 6-2.
Sokol's solo homer in the seventh put Michigan up, 7-2, for the eventual final score.
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