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Carmen Benedetti weighs in on finding his grove through offseason preparation, becoming a true all-around threat, and explains how a simple game of catch with coach Erik Bakich earned him a spot in the pitching rotation.
Sophomore (2015) ...NCBWA First Team All-American … All-Big Ten first team … Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist … Big Ten Player of the Week (April 20) … Named to the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Watch List … Hit .352 with 25 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 71 RBI … Had a .541 slugging and a .418 on-base percentage … In the NCAA rankings, was fourth in the country in RBI and sixth in doubles … Led the Big Ten in RBI and doubles, was second in batting average and fifth in both hits and slugging percentage … His 25 doubles and 71 RBI is second all-time in a single season at Michigan … On the mound, had a 1.84 ERA and three saves in 18 appearances … Struck out 23 batters in 14.2 innings pitched … Allowed just four hits on the season … Held opponents to a .085 batting average … Hit .398 with 11 doubles and 31 RBI in Big Ten games and hit .410 in home games … Had 23 multi-hit games and 17 multi-RBI performances … Posted a 29-game reached base streak during the season … Combined to drive in 10 runs in a doubleheader against Toledo and Coastal Carolina (March 7) … Homered in both NCAA Tournament games against Louisville (May 30 and 31) … Was 4-for-5 with five RBI and three doubles in a win over Iowa (May 2) … Went a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI against Eastern Michigan (May 12) … Had four hits and drove in a run in a win over Purdue (April 18) … Had three RBI and homered at Indiana (April 4) … Tallied three hits, including a pair of doubles, against Eastern Michigan (April 15) … Struck out four batters in two innings of relief at Penn State (April 11) … Did not allow a run in 16 of his 18 pitching appearances … Earned the save against Purdue (April 18), striking out two batters in two-thirds of an inning … Pitched 1.1 innings at Minnesota (April 25), striking out a batter while earning the save … In the NCAA Louisville Regional game against Bradley (May 31), struck out a batter in two-thirds of an inning for the save … Doubled and had two hits in the Big Ten Tournament win over Indiana (May 20) …
Freshman (2014) ... Big Ten All-Freshman team ... Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American ... Appeared in 49 games with 42 starts for the Maize and Blue ... Hit .275 with 12 doubles, a pair of home runs, nine runs scored and 28 RBI ... Sported a .392 slugging and a .318 on-base percentage ... In Big Ten play, hit .291 with eight doubles and 15 RBI ... Tied for second in the Big Ten with seven sacrifice flies ... Tied for third in the Big Ten with the eight doubles in conference-only contests ... Was 3-for-4 with three doubles and four RBI in the win over Illinois (April 12) ... Had the game-winning RBI in the 12th inning and had three hits in a win over Purdue (April 18) ... Belted a home run in the Big Ten Tournament win over Iowa (May 23) ... Had four RBI, including his first career home run, in a win over Oakland (May 7) ... Had nine multi-hit games and six multi-RBI performances ... Was 2-for-4, including his first collegiate hit, against Appalachian State (March 1) ... Went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in a win over Nebraska (April 27).
Prep ... Graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School (2013) ... Hit .500 with six home runs and 33 RBI's for Grosse Pointe South his senior season ... Is a three-time All-State first team selection ... Was named the 2013 MHSBCA Co-Mr. Baseball ... Won four district championships while at Grosse Pointe South ... Was a 2013 Louisville Slugger All-America first team selection as well as a preseason honoree ... A two-time captain at Grosse Pointe South ... Played in the 2013 MHSBCA East/West All-Star Game at Comerica Park ... A three-time All-District, All-Macomb Area Conference, All-Region and Dream Team selection ... Broke Grosse Pointe South' single-season records for batting average (.557), hits (54), RBI's (49) and doubles (17) ... Is South's career leader in batting average (.492), hits (174), doubles (42), home runs (22), RBI's (143) and walks (88) ... Played summer baseball for Underwood Orr, the Ann Arbor Travelers and South Farmington Blues ... Played in the Perfect Game WWBA Under-16 National Championship in Georgia in 2011 ... Was an honor roll student at Grosse Pointe South.
Personal ... Enrolled in the School of Kinesiology ... Undecided major ... Son of Phil and Denise Benedetti ... Born Oct. 29, 1994.
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