Michigan baseball loses Big Ten opener to Indiana and more Friday results
Michigan starter Tyler Mills worked his way out of one big jam Friday afternoon. He wouldn’t be so lucky one inning later.
Indiana put together a six-run rally in the fourth inning and cruised to a 12-5, Big Ten-opening baseball win at Ray Fisher Stadium.
After Michigan (6-17, 0-1) took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, the Hoosiers (17-8, 1-0) answered with three runs in the third.
Mills got out of a bases-loaded, no-out scenario in the third by drawing two Indiana infield liners, the second of which turned into a double play.
But Mills (1-3) wouldn’t make it through the following inning, when Indiana scored six runs with the help of a Michigan fielding error, a wild pitch and a balk. Reliever Ben Ballantine walked the first two batters he faced, forcing in a run, then allowed a two-run single to Josh Lyon.
Leadoff hitter Dustin DeMuth went 4-for-6 with two runs and two RBIs and Alex Dickerson went 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs for the Hoosiers. Starting pitcher Blake Monar (3-1) allowed three runs and five hits through seven innings. He struck out 10.
Coley Crank was 3-for-4 with three runs and RBI for Michigan.
The teams continue a three-game weekend series at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ray Fisher Stadium.
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SOFTBALL Northern Illinois 8-1, Eastern Michigan 6-10: Four errors contributed to a loss in the opener for the Eagles (14-5, 1-1 MAC) and then hammered out 11 hits in an errorless nightcap win. McKenna Russ went 5-for-6 during the doubleheader for Eastern, including her fifth home run of the week in the second game. (Details)
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WOMEN’S TENNIS Eastern Michigan 7, Northern Illinois 0: The Eagles cruise in their Mid-American Conference home opener at Chippewa Racquet Club. (Details)