Wolverines Blow Out Jacksonville State, Fall at Texas Tech

Feb. 20, 2010

• Boxscores: Game One | Game Two

Site: Lubbock, Texas (Dan Law Field)
Event: Red Raider Classic
Scores: Michigan 14, Jacksonville State 2; Texas Tech 4, Michigan 2
Records: U-M (2-1), Jacksonville State (0-3), Texas Tech (2-0)
Attendance: 2,895
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 20 -- at Texas Tech at Red Raider Classic (Lubbock, Texas), 11 a.m. CST

LUBBOCK, Texas -- The University of Michigan baseball team posted a split on the second day of the 2010 campaign, downing Jacksonville State, 14-2, before falling in the first-ever meeting with host Texas Tech, 4-2, on day two of the Red Raider Classic on Saturday (Feb. 20) at Dan Law Field.

Senior pitcher Alan Oaks (White Lake, Mich./Divine Child) turned in a strong showing for his first victory of the season against Jacksonville State, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts over six innings. Junior pitcher Matt Miller (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) went six innings against the Red Raiders, giving up two runs on six hits with three punch-outs but did not earn the decision.

Senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), senior/junior second baseman Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) and sophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) all had three-hit days against the Gamecocks. Dufek mashed out a career-high six runs batted in after doubling three times in the opening contest. Thoth and Lorenz accounted for both of Michigan's runs in the nightcap.

Michigan got on the board quickly against Jacksonville State, going up 1-0 on a run-scoring double from Dufek to score Biondi in the opening frame. The Maize and Blue then loaded the bases twice in the fourth inning as part of a six-run surge to expand the lead to 7-0. With one away and the bases full of Wolverines, freshman shortstop Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) put a sacrifice fly out to right field to score sophomore catcher Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley), who doubled to lead off the inning. Biondi kept the inning going and pushed across another run with an infield single into the hole at shortstop, giving Urban a clear path home. Toth drove in Lorenz with a gap shot to right centerfield before LaMarre was then hit by a pitch to reload the bases and set up Dufek for a bases clearing double off the wall in left field.

The Wolverines response to a two-run fifth frame from the Gamecocks came in the home half of the sixth inning. Michigan put runners on the corners with nobody down for junior centerfielder Ryan LaMarre (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi), who sliced a single through the right side to score Biondi. Michigan put six more on the board in the bottom of the seventh, taking advantage of a two-out error on the warning track that allowed two Wolverines to score. Crank capped the inning with his fourth home run off Gamecocks pitching, sailing one 345 feet over the leftfield fence.

The Wolverines also got the early lead against the Red Raiders. LaMarre laced a shot to leftfield, the Tech outfielder came up throwing and beat Toth to the plate, but the catcher could not hold on to the ball long enough to place a tag. The Red Raiders responded by tying the game in the bottom of the first, but a Dennis single to right center in the second inning scored Lorenz with a much more comfortable cushion to reestablish the U-M lead at 2-1. Tech leveled things off in the bottom of the third, but a heads up play by freshman outfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) in the outfield doubled off a Red Raider at second to limit the damage.

Miller powered his way through the middle innings, posting zeroes in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings before settling for a no decision. Sophomore/freshman pitcher Bobby Brosnahan (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) spelled Miller on the hill in the seventh inning. The freshman hurler struck out the first two batters of the inning before putting two runners on for TTU's Taylor Ashby, who sent a flare into the rightfield corner, scoring two and creating the 4-2 deficit.

Michigan concludes the opening weekend of the season on Sunday (Feb. 21) with Texas Tech for an 11 a.m. CST contest.


• Michigan improved to 2-1 against Jacksonville State all-time and fell in the first-ever meeting with the Red Raiders.

• The Wolverines became the first University of Michigan team of any varsity sport in school history to play Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas.

• Senior Mike Dufek posted a career-high six runs batted in against JSU. He had two five-RBI games in his career prior to today's contest.

• Dufek's three doubles against JSU matched his personal best set against Oakland on April 1, 2009.

• Junior Matt Miller's six-inning outing was the longest of his career. He went four innings out of the bullpen last season twice.

• Redshirt freshman Bobby Brosnahan made his collegiate debut out of the bullpen in the seventh inning against Texas Tech.

• Junior CF Ryan LaMarre, who had just one at bat in the second game, extended his current hitting streak to six games with run-scoring singles in each game Saturday.

• Sophomore 3B John Lorenz extended his career-best hitting streak to six games with three hits vs. Jacksonville State and one vs. Texas Tech on Saturday. Lorenz, who had a five-game streak in 2009, had hits in his final three games of his first season and has base knocks in all three games this season.

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423

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