March 3, 2010
Site: Fort Myers, Fla. (Swanson Stadium)
Score: Michigan 13, Florida Gulf Coast 7
Records: U-M (4-4), FGCU (6-2)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 5 - at No. 12 North Carolina (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 3 p.m.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The University of Michigan baseball team downed Florida Gulf Coast, 13-7, on Wednesday evening (March 3) at Swanson Stadium. Senior rightfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall) went 3-for-3 with a triple and three runs scored and freshman leftfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) was 3-for-6 with a triple of his own, two runs scored and three runs driven in.
Junior pitcher Travis Smith (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin) got the victory after he came on in relief during the fifth inning with the bases loaded and got out of the jam unscathed. Sophomore/freshman pitcher Bobby Brosnahan (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) went 4 1/3 innings in his first start for the Maize and Blue. The Michigan pitching staff benefited from inning ending double plays in the first, second and sixth.
The Wolverines pounded out four hits in the third inning to take a 4-0 lead. Urban got things started with a bunt single before Biondi sent a ball dancing down the right field line into the corner for his first career triple. Senior/junior second baseman Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) sacrificed Biondi, followed by a walk by senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) and a double to the gap by sophomore left fielder Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley). Dufek crossed the plate on a wild pitch before Crank came in, thanks to a sharply hit single by freshman shortstop Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) past the shortstop.
The lead was short lived as the Eagles got aid from the wind in helping a grand slam creep over the right field fence to knot the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the third. The Wolverines retook the lead, going ahead 6-4 in the fourth inning. Urban sparked the rally for the second straight inning with a single up the middle before Biondi drove him in. Two batters later, Biondi came around to score on a sacrifice off the bat of Dufek.
Sticking to a two-run lead, Michigan unloaded for seven runs just before the stretch. FGCU issued two walks to open the frame before sophomore third baseman John Lorenz's (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) single loaded the bases. Senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) pinged a ball off the pitcher to score Dufek and Crank came around on a balk. With the bases reloaded, Urban earned a free pass. The Wolverine lead swelled after Toth sent a hot shot to the mound that the Eagle pitcher threw away, allowing two runs to score. As the Wolverines batted around, Dufek would drive in the last U-M run of the game, slicing a ball into left field to score Toth.
Michigan inches north for a three-game set on Friday-Sunday (March 5-7) at No. 12-ranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. The opening contest is set for 3 p.m. on Friday (March 5).
N O T E S
Redshirt freshman LHP Bobby Brosnahan made his first collegiate start tonight.
Biondi extended his hitting streak to five games and he has hits in seven of his eight games as a Wolverine.
Freshman RF Tyler Mills made his Michigan debut as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning. He drew an 10-pitch walk.
Junior RHP Travis Smith (1-1), the second of five Wolverine pitchers Wednesday, collected the win out of the bullpen. Smith now has 12 wins in his Wolverine career and shares U-M's active career win lead' with senior LHP Eric Katzman (12-7).
Senior C Chris Berset was 2-for-3 with a walk and one RBI in the win over FGCU. Berset, who has three consecutive two-hit games and shares the team lead with four multi-hit games this season, collected his 60th career RBI in the win.
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