Homers and Strikeouts Give Michigan Victory Over Bulls

Feb. 28, 2010

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Site: St. Petersburg, Fla. (Naimoli Complex)
Event: Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge (Day 3 of 3)
Score: Michigan 4, South Florida 2
Records: U-M (3-4), South Florida (1-5)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, March 3 - at Florida Gulf Coast (Ft. Myers, Fla.), 6 p.m.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The University of Michigan baseball team got its bats going in a 4-2 win over South Florida on the final day of the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge on Sunday (Feb. 28) at the Naimoli Complex, the Tampa Bay Rays' former extended spring training facility.

Junior pitcher Tyler Burgoon (Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) struck out seven, giving up just three hits to two batters in the win. Sophomore pitcher Brandon Sinnery (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) earned his first save of the year, pitching a perfect three innings in relief, striking out five of the nine batters he faced. Neither Wolverine issued a free pass on the day.

Senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) once again paced the U-M offense, going 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored. Freshman centerfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child), one of three other Wolverines with two hits, mashed out a pair of doubles.

The Bulls' first two batters of the game reached base and the home team parlayed that into a 1-0 lead. Michigan's response was a loud one off the bat of Berset over the leftfield fence. Sophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) followed the same path out of the yard to lead off the fourth inning to give U-M its first lead of the weekend, 2-1. Burgoon kept the momentum going, striking out the side in the bottom half of the frame.

With the game tied back up after a one-run sixth from USF, Michigan provided the final answer of the weekend to go ahead 4-2 in the seventh. Berset singled and freshman designated hitter Cam Luther (St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph) walked to set up freshman shortstop Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central), who hit a comebacker to the mound. T he USF pitcher tried to get Berset at third but sailed the throw over the third baseman. Berset emerged from his slide and raced home, followed in short order by senior pinch runner Mike Kittle (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston)

With the lead in tow, Sinnery came on and sent four batters back to the dugout with a backwards strikeouts and another with a check-swing strikeout.

Michigan will play its first mid-week game of the 2010 season when it takes on Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday (March 3) in Fort Myers, Fla. The contest will be played under the lights with a 6 p.m. first pitch.


• Michigan improved to 5-2 at the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge all-time and 1-2 at this season's event.

• Freshman DH Cam Luther made his collegiate debut, hitting seventh in the order.

• Senior P Tyler Burgoon collected a career-high seven strikeouts. His previous best of five came in his first start of the year against Jacksonville State (Feb. 19).

• Sophomore P Brandon Sinnery matched a career high with five strikeouts. He also had five punchouts against Jacksonville on Feb. 28, 2009.

• Michigan snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over South Florida in the Big Ten-Big East Challenge Sunday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Fla.

• Sophomore RHP Brandon Sinnery, who leads the team with his 0.00 earned-run average, retired all nine batters he faced against USF to record his first career save.

• Senior catcher Chris Berset was 2-for-4 with his first homer of the season in the win over USF. It was Berset's third multi-hit game of the season and the 23rd of his U-M career. Berset has six career homers.

• Sophomore 3B John Lorenz was 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season in U-M's 4-2 win over USF. Lorenz, who has four career homers, notched his third multi-hit game of the season and the ninth of his career.

• Senior/junior 2B Anthony Toth was 2-for-4 with a walk in the win over USF for his third multi-hit game of the season and the 22nd of his career. Toth leads the team with 10 hits.

• Freshman OF Patrick Biondi was 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles, the first two-base hits of his U-M career, in the win over South Florida. Biondi extended his hitting streak to four games and he has hits in six of U-M's seven games this season. Biondi has a pair of multi-hit games this season.

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423

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