Ninth-Inning Rally Comes Up Short in Loss at No. 12 UNC

March 5, 2010

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Sites: Chapel Hill, N.C. (Boshamer Stadium)
Score: #12 North Carolina 4, Michigan 2
Records: U-M (4-5), North Carolina (8-1)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 6 -- at No. 12 North Carolina (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 2 p.m.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The University of Michigan baseball team posted a four-hit, two-run rally in the ninth but could not overtake No. 12-ranked North Carolina, falling by a 4-2 tally on Friday afternoon (March 5) at Boshamer Stadium.

Senior pitcher Alan Oaks (White Lake, Mich./Divine Child) went seven innings, giving up three hits and two runs, all coming in the fourth inning, in the loss. Senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) was 2-for-4 and scored one of the two Michigan runs.

Trailing by four in their last at-bats of the game, the Wolverines got a pair of singles to spark a two-run rally in the top of the ninth. Senior/junior second baseman Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) and Dufek both singled to start the inning before the UNC hurler recorded the first two outs. Senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) stepped in and stroked a single to rightfield to score Toth from second base. Senior rightfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall) then knocked in Dufek on the ensuing at-bat, bouncing a single up the middle to pull Michigan to within a 4-2 score. The rally came up short, however, as the final out was recorded with two runners left on base.

Michigan threatened to take the first lead of the day in the fourth, putting runners on second and third with no outs but failed to score. The following inning, the Tar Heels jumped ahead on a two-run home run. North Carolina looked to add to its lead in the eighth inning, loading the bases with nobody out. With the infield drawn in, a high bouncer to second eluded the leaping arm of Toth and hopped into centerfield, scoring two. The Wolverines got two good defensive plays and a strikeout from junior pitcher Kolby Wood (Eau Claire, Mich./Berrien Springs) to contain the damage at a 4-0 deficit.

Michigan and No. 12-ranked North Carolina meet again tomorrow (Saturday, March 6) in Chapel Hill, N.C. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423

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