(Article by Indiana Athletics – Photo by by Rebecca Mehling)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Indiana (33-18, 14-7) held a 5-4 lead in the seventh inning, but Michigan (37-13, 15-5) rallied to take the series finale from the Hoosiers in 11 innings on Sunday afternoon, 6-5.
The Hoosiers trail the Wolverines by 1.5 games in the Big Ten standings. Indiana hosts Rutgers next weekend, while Michigan travels to Nebraska to close out the regular season.
- The Hoosiers got a pair of runs early in the contest on some defensive miscues by Michigan. In the top of the fourth, junior Matt Gorski scored from third on a failed pickoff. Then in the top of the fifth, senior Ryan Fineman scored on a passed ball.
- The Wolverines got on the board and tied it up in the bottom of the fifth. Miles Lewis recorded a two-run double down the right field line to knot the game up at two.
- In the sixth, Ako Thomas put Michigan ahead by two runs with a two-run double down the left field line.
- Gorski knotted the game back up at four in the seventh, as he had a two-run single on a missile that went off the shortstop’s glove. Sophomore Cole Barr continued the run scoring with a bases loaded walk to give Indiana a 5-4 lead.
- Michigan tied the game back up with an RBI double by Jack Blomgren in the bottom of the seventh.
- In the bottom of the 11th, Michigan’s Jordan Brewer helped plate the winning run by grounding a ball to the middle of the infield. The throw home was not made to get the runner, resulting in a 6-5 Wolverine win.
- Junior Andrew Saalfrank scatted four runs on eight hits, while striking out eight and walking three to get the no decision.
- Sophomore Tommy Sommer allowed one run in three innings of relief, striking out three.
- Sophomore Justin Walker extended his hitting streak to six games.
Indiana hosts Louisville on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU.